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Monday, January 3, 2011

 5:16 PM 

Walker calls special session

As promised, Gov. Scott Walker today called a special session on jobs to take up legislation that include requiring a supermajority in the Legislature to approve tax hikes and limiting damages in suits against a host of businesses.

Walker's call for the special session, to begin tomorrow morning, did not include details of the proposals. But it listed seven items for the Legislature to consider.

The limits on awards would apply to “noneconomic damages awarded in actions against long-term care providers; actions against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of certain products; confidentiality of health care services reviews; use as evidence of information regarding health care providers; reporting of quality indicators identifying individual hospitals; homicide or injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire; criminal abuse of individuals at risk; criminal abuse and neglect of patients and residents; evidence of lay and expert witnesses; damages for frivolous claims; and punitive damage awards.” The call did not list what the proposed caps would be.

Walker also called for:
- creating the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to replace the Commerce Department.
- an income and franchise tax credit for small businesses.
- income and franchise tax exemptions for new businesses.
- eliminating the state tax on health savings accounts.
- limiting the ability of state agencies to promulgate administrative rules and requiring his approval for any rules they create.

Read the order.

Read the release.


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