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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Senate to take up bills on oral chemotherapy, medical malpractice cases

The Senate is set to concur in a long list of Assembly-passed legislation today as it wraps up the scheduled 2013-2014 session.

Tuesday is the only scheduled floor session for the Senate this week -- the last general business floor period of the session -- and the Assembly isn't expected to be in session at all.

The agenda includes legislation requiring health insurers to cover oral chemotherapy treatments in the same manner as IV treatments.

The Senate passed the bill earlier this month, but the Assembly then added an optional $100 monthly co-pay. Senate GOP backers of the original legislation, however, signaled their support for the amendment last week.

The calendar also includes legislation that would ban statements of apology or condolence by health care providers from being used in medical malpractice cases.

Other noteworthy bills set for votes include:

* AB 5, creating a sales tax exemption for property used by commercial radio and television stations;

* AB 409, requiring outside investigations of deaths involving law enforcement officers;

* AB 412, exempting outside salespersons from the state's minimum wage;

* AB 693, funding an expansion of the ShotSpotter gunfire tracking technology in the city of Milwaukee;

* AB 701 and AB 702, two bills targeting opiate addiction from Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette;

* And AB 726, allowing the marijuana derivative cannabidiol to be used to treat seizure disorders.

The Senate is also set to consider one proposed constitutional amendment: AJR 77, which would make the treasurer position in Milwaukee County an appointed post.

As expected, the final Senate calendar is missing a series of changes to drunken driving laws, a bill to pre-empt local living wage ordinances and several abortion-related bills.


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