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Physician tort reform proposals approved in the final week of session

USA - May 13 2011 In the final week of the legislative session, two significant proposals providing additional medical malpractice protection for physicians and nonprofit medical schools, as well as a proposal requiring out-of-state physicians and dentists to obtain expert witness certificates in order to testify in medical malpractice actions, were passed by the Legislature.

G. Donovan Brown, Michael P. Harrell, Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida

Department of Economic Opportunity created out of a merger of state agencies

USA - May 13 2011 Created out of a merger of the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED), portions of the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), and portions of the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI), the Department of Economic Opportunity will be in place by October 1, 2011.

G. Donovan Brown, Michael P. Harrell, Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida

Significant growth management revisions passed through the budget process

USA - May 13 2011 As part of the budget package, the House and Senate agreed to a significant revision of the state's growth management laws.

G. Donovan Brown, Michael P. Harrell, Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida

Motor vehicle insurance reforms die in committee

USA - May 13 2011 Despite compelling evidence highlighting a crisis in personal injury protection (PIP) claim fraud, the Legislature once again did not pass proposals that proponents argued would meaningfully reduce such fraud.

G. Donovan Brown, Michael P. Harrell, Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida

Legislature approves $69 billion budget, filling a nearly $4 billion deficit

USA - May 13 2011 The Legislature approved a $69.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2011 – 2012, closing a nearly $4 billion budget deficit by reducing a number of areas that included education, health care, and state employee benefits.

G. Donovan Brown, Michael P. Harrell, Robert H. Hosay, Jonathan P. Kilman, Thomas J. Maida