As the state legislature’s regular session heads into its final month, dozens of bills are receiving hearings and committee votes. The Society weighed in on two of those bills this week:
- Assembly Bill 120 – Physician Condolence/Apology. Society member Norman Jensen, MD, appeared before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services committee in support of AB 120, which would foster more conversations between physicians and patients following a negative outcome. The bill was a major topic of Doctor Day 2014, with hundreds of physicians visiting the State Capitol on February 12 to ask their legislators to support the bill. The committee is scheduled to vote on the bill tomorrow, which could make it eligible for a full vote in the Wisconsin Senate as soon as next week.
- Assembly Bill 762/Senate Bill 440 – Excluding e-cigarettes from the state’s indoor smoking ban. The Society opposes this bill, and provided testimony pointing out the dearth of data regarding the product’s safety both to the user and to bystanders. The Society believes the devices should be regulated, especially as some proponents tout the devices as a smoking cessation tool—another area where data is anecdotal at best.
The next few weeks will be extremely busy, as is typical for the final weeks of the two-year general legislative session. Stay tuned to Medigram for news about these or other bills of note. Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations department with any questions.
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