It was a good day at the Legislative Building.
SB 201, the RTC-5 bill, was heard in the Assembly Transportation Committee today. The Chamber joined the RTC, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini, Chamber Member Norm Dianda of Q&D Construction, and Skip Daily from the Laborers union at the table in support of the bill.
Better yet, the committee voted to pass the bill with a unanimous vote just moments after the testimony concluded! It is pretty rare for a committee to hold a vote the same day that they initially hear a bill, so this issue is showing great momentum.
It is being widely reported that AB 495, the med-mal bill, will not even receive a hearing in the Senate! It was due to be heard tomorrow in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow and was abruptly pulled from the agenda this afternoon.
Rumor has it that since Assembly Judiciary Chair Bernie Anderson is refusing to hold a hearing on the construction defect bills that came out of the Senate, Senate Judiciary Chair Terry Care is returning the favor on med-mal.
While this issue can always appear in another bill in the waning hours of the session, this is certainly good news for every individual in this state, as it will be one less cause of rising health care costs.
While this is bad news for our members (and home buyers) who have to deal with the construction defect lawsuit mess, it is good news for our health care system.
You win some, you lose some.