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Lawmakers move bills to implement amendments

first_img May 1, 2005 Regular News Lawmakers move bills to implement amendments Lawmakers move bills to implement amendmentscenter_img Bills that will give patients access to adverse incident reports and require the removal of licenses from doctors found to have committed three instances of malpractice have advanced in the Florida Legislature.But not all lawmakers are happy with the bills. Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, added amendments to SB 938, which seeks to implement Amendment 7 on medical records, when the bill was at the Judiciary Committee. That replaced language in the bill with language from the amendment and was needed, Posey said, because it allowed narrower access to medical records than the amendment. That, he said, would be unconstitutional.Those amendments in turn were removed when the bill reached the Senate floor on second reading April 13, despite Posey’s arguments. The bill passed the Senate on final reading the next day.“It makes no sense to limit access to information that over 80 percent of our voters said they want public,” Posey said. “The only reason for this amendment is to make the legislation match the constitution.”Sen. Durell Peaden, R-Crestview, and Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples, argued the amendment went too far and would discourage doctors from coming to Florida. It would also discourage doctors and hospitals from doing peer review, which improves medical care.Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, noted that Posey’s language only tracked the constitutional amendment and challenged them to show where it went further.But the Senate rejected the amendment.SB 940, which addressed Amendment 8, known as the “three strikes” bill, also passed the Senate on April 14. Peaden said the bill specified that only acts of malpractice after November 2, 2004, would be counted.The bill also provides that any malpractice court verdicts, which are determined by a preponderance of the evidence, will be reviewed by the Board of Medicine to see if they meet a clear and convincing evidence standard. Supporters of the bill have argued that’s needed because case law has established that a license cannot be removed except by clear and convincing evidence.On both the Senate floor and before the Senate Judiciary Committee, senators expressed dissatisfaction with the battle between trial lawyers and doctors that resulted in Amendments 7 and 8, and another amendment that limited attorneys’ contingency fees in malpractice cases.“There never should have been this fight,” Campbell said at the committee meeting. “Some day doctors and lawyers will sit down and sing ‘Kumbaya,’ if there are any of them left.”He questioned whether any implementing legislation was necessary and said that SB 938 won’t withstand court scrutiny.“This bill will probably be held unconstitutional because it doesn’t fulfill the constitutional amendment,” he said.SB 938 passed the Senate 38-2, while SB 940 passed 35-3.Representatives of the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Hospital Association praised Peaden’s bill — without Posey’s amendments, and said it would protect good doctors and the peer review process. But Paul Jess, representing the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, said on SB 940, “The bill as it is currently written is unconstitutional.”He noted that during arguments at the Supreme Court, justices said the amendment would take all discretion away from the Board of Medicine, while the bill gives it back to the board in determining clear and convincing evidence. He also said that the board has before removed a medical license based on a case in another state where the standard was preponderance of the evidence.Similar bills in the House, HB 1797 and HB 1739, were created in the House Judiciary Committee and have now passed the Health Care Regulation Committee and the Health and Families Council and have been sent to the House floor.last_img read more


Badgers head to Big Ten Tourney

first_imgJunior captain Rae Lin D\’Alie and the Badgers hope to win four games this weekend en route to the Big Ten title.[/media-credit]In preparing for Thursday’s first round matchup with Northwestern, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone brought in a special guest to practice this week.Wisconsin senior guard Joe Krabbenhoft — a member of last year’s men’s Big Ten Tournament championship team — talked to Stone’s squad, bringing the 2008 championship trophy along with him.“It was cool — he’s been through it and he’s won a Big Ten Tournament,” guard Alyssa Karel said. “It kind of just got us excited. He said it was a really cool feeling and we definitely want that feeling for our team too.”In order to take home the tournament crown, UW will have to win four games in a span of just four days, a daunting task for any team. What should aid the Badgers in their efforts is the Paradise Jam Tournament, in which Wisconsin won three games in three days en route to a tournament title back in November.“It’s four games in four days, so you’ve got to bring your toughness,” junior captain Rae Lin D’Alie said. “That’s going to be the key. Whoever is the toughest team out there is going to win the Big Ten Tournament this year.”First up on the Badgers’ road to the Big Ten Tournament championship are the Wildcats, a team that used strong defensive play to deal a crushing 49-46 road loss to UW back in January.Northwestern used a slew of defenses in its attempt to slow down the Badgers, including a triangle-and-two in the second half to control UW guards Karel and D’Alie.Although Wisconsin controlled play in the first half, it could not put Northwestern away, leading by just three points, 29-26, at halftime.The Badgers started the second half strong, pushing their lead to five points over the first seven minutes of the half. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, however, after reaching 37-32 with 12:47 remaining, Northwestern went on a 7-0 run to take a 39-37 lead with just under seven minutes remaining.Although the Badgers would go on to tie the game at 39, the Wildcats controlled the final six minutes of play, edging out a 49-46 win after surviving a pair of missed three-point attempts by Wisconsin in the final six seconds of the game.“Offensively, we need to attack their zone more,” Stone said. “We flat out didn’t attack (last time). We have to attack their defenses and take care of the basketball offensively.”Despite limiting NU to just 49 points in the game — the fourth fewest scored by the Wildcats in 29 games this season — Stone added the Badgers must also improve their defensive performance from last time.“Our post D has to be the best it’s been all year,” Stone said. “Our ball pressure has to be at an all-time high, because Amy (Jaeschke) is going to get (everything). Everything goes through her.”If the Badgers manage to get past their first-round clash with the Wildcats, they will get another shot Friday at No. 2 seed Michigan State in the quarterfinals.Wisconsin played MSU close on the road in a 59-50 loss back on Jan. 25 before upsetting the then-No. 1 Spartans at home, winning 54-51 on Feb. 22 at the Kohl Center.“We’re definitely looking forward to, potentially, that game,” D’Alie said. “The last time we played them was one of my favorite games of the Big Ten season.”Among the other teams Wisconsin hopes to face again are Indiana, Michigan and Purdue, each of whom the Badgers lost to at least once in the regular season.“There’s a ton of games this year where we had a win at our fingertips and we just kind of let them go,” Karel said. “Those are games that we know maybe if we could have won if we did just a few things different in the final minutes. So, you always want to play those kind of teams in the Big Ten Tournament.”The three of the four losses to IU and PU came down to the games’ final minutes, while the Badgers’ road loss at Michigan was one of the worst games Wisconsin played on the year.So, despite just a 2-4 record against the three potential semifinal opponents, Wisconsin feels pretty confident about its draw in the Tournament.“Looking at the schedule, I think we’ve got a good road to the championship on Sunday,” Karel said. “If we’re focused when we play in Indianapolis, I think we’ve got a great chance.”last_img read more


Baker Mayfield channeled his inner Deion Sanders by snubbing Chargers in NFL Draft process

first_imgVia GQ: Though he figured he wouldn’t go first, Mayfield was confident that he’d be selected quite high. So certain in fact that when teams with late draft picks sent him playbooks to review, he politely declined to study the material. “They hated it,” he recalls of a meeting with the San Diego Chargers. “They’re like, ‘Are you serious?’ I go, ‘Yeah, you guys have the 17th pick.’”MORE: 2019 NFL Predictions with Cowboys winning it allThis type of attitude just shows off Mayfield’s personality, albeit to an extreme.It’s confident. It’s daring. It’s honest. Baker Mayfield is a confident person, something he made apparent in his NFL Draft process.In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the Browns quarterback revealed how he essentially snubbed the Chargers ahead of the draft. Since they had the No. 17 pick of the first round, Mayfield — who became the top pick of the draft — didn’t make much of their interest in him. Also, if the story sounds familiar, it might be because you heard a similar story from Deion Sanders, the No. 5 overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft. His story comes from the 1989 NFL Combine:“I was in the Giants room … they sat me down and gave me a thick book — thicker than a phone book.I said ‘What is this?’They said, ‘This is our test we give all the players.’I said, ‘Excuse me, what pick do you have in the draft?’They said, ’10th pick.’I said, ‘I’ll be gone before then; I ain’t got time for this.’ And I left.”Mayfield had a few other quotables from his interview with GQ. He admitted his apology to Ohio State for planting the flag on its field wasn’t genuine at all, and offered some sharp criticism of Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.Baker Mayfield has some thoughts on Daniel Jones 👀 pic.twitter.com/IVxcu7cwxf— Sporting News (@sportingnews) August 20, 2019As Mayfield advances into his second season in the league, it’s clear he’s still the same confident player he was at Oklahoma. Some people may not like it, but Mayfield doesn’t really care.last_img read more