2008 Regular Session . April 28, 2008
Victory for Nursing Home Patients and Victims of Medical Malpractice
HB 70 Defeated on House Floor
HB 70 by Rep. Greg Cromer was defeated on the House floor today by a vote of 44-45, nine votes short of the 53 votes required for passage. The bill would have made negligent credentialing an act of malpractice under the private Medical Malpractice Act and would have brought transporting, monitoring, supervising and providing daily hygiene and other care services under the scope of the act. Before being voted down, a series of amendments by Reps. Neil Abramson, Walt Leger III, and Chris Roy Jr. removed some of the most offensive portions of the bill.
Congratulations to Reps. Abramson, Leger, Roy and the 42 other representatives who voted to protect the rights of nursing home residents to a fair and prompt resolution of their negligence claims without the burden and expense of the medical review panel process.
The AARP also worked against the passage of this bill.
Four bills previously scheduled for Senate Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday, April 29, have been pulled from that agenda. SB 307 and SB 308, both by Sen. Jack Donahue, and SB 509 and SB 652, both by Sen. Mike Michot, will not be heard this week. SB 307 prohibits any recovery for loss of enjoyment of life as an element of damages apart from pain and suffering. SB 308 makes Daubert hearings mandatory, expansive in scope and onerous on plaintiffs and the courts. SB 652 makes numerous changes to the private Med Mal Act to benefit the PCF at the patient's expense. SB 307, 308 and 652 may be scheduled for the May 6 meeting of Jud A.
SB 509 is a duplicate of HB 70 and is not likely to be rescheduled after HB 70 failed in the House.
Reminder: LAJ Lobby Day, May 13
Mark Tuesday, May 13, on your calendar to attend LAJ's second Lobby Day of the session, scheduled by popular request of members who attended LAJ Lobby Day last week. If you couldn't attend the first, don't miss out on Lobby Day on the 13th. Call the LAJ office at 800-354-3267 or 225-383-5554 to let us know you plan to attend. We'll follow the same schedule: Come to the LAJ office at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast and legislative briefing; go to the Capitol at 9 a.m.; return for lunch — and invite your representative and senator to join us; then return to the Capitol to observe Senate and House floor debate. Come! Your contacts are making a difference.
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