Thursday, February 02, 2006

Here We Go Again

I think that many people, myself included, thought that after the Infamous Med Mal Crusades of 2005, the Legislature was going to take at least a short breather before taking on more 'tort reform' battles. Think again.

In advance of a Senate Republican press conference, the Senate Dems have let a slew of Republican measures out of the Rules Committee, and there a rumblings that at least one measure (likely a venue reform measure) will emerge from the House Rules committee as well.

Conventional wisdom was that Democratic Leadership had placated the unrest in Southern Illinois by sheparding through the med mal bill, and that not much more would be done this election year. As news of these latest developments spread through the Capitol, various theories were bandied about as to what the latest end game is in these developments.

Groups on both sides are donning their battle armor, and it looks like the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by my Senator, John Cullerton, and the House Civil Judiciary Committee, which I chair, are about to heat up again.


At February 1, 2006 at 11:23 PM, Blogger Ed Murnane said...

Rep. Fritchey,

Hard to imagine how anyone would oppose the venue reform proposal. It doesn't prohibit anyone or any institution (or any lawyer) from filing a lawsuit to recover any amount from any wrong-doing (real or imagined) defendant.

What it does do is require that the suit be filed in a legal jurisdiction that makes sense, i.e. has some connection to the plaintiff, the defendant or the location of the alleged wrong-doing.

It would keep Louisiana suits (as in Gridley) out of Illinois, and it would keep Wheaton or Rockford or Peoria or Blue Island suits out of Madison or St. Clair counties.

It would also keep Madison County suits out of Lake County, for that matter.

Seems to be fair and seems to make sense.

At February 1, 2006 at 11:25 PM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...


You and I discussed this over lunch and I don't know that we are that far apart on the substantive issue. My comments were really geared toward my surprise that so many of these measures are being put into substantive committees. You weren't surprised by this? Did you know something I didn't?

At February 2, 2006 at 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Please feel free to take on these issues in a timely manner. Its quite nice to see that the ITLA is taking care of you quite well! These issues should make it to the floor for debate from time to time.

At February 2, 2006 at 9:10 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

I'm not disagreeing that they should be heard. As I said in my earlier post to Ed, I'm just surprised that they were let out of rules this session.

At February 5, 2006 at 4:03 PM, Anonymous Capitol watcher said...

The Honorable:
What is it about "Emil Jones not having a clue about what he's doing" do you not get? Tenure doesn't mean that you paid attention to the inner workings of the Senate.

It is apparent to those of us who have long tenure at the capital that the Senate Prez. has a compliment of "nuckelheads" as his tag team. It's embarrassing on any number of levels.

Something getting out of rules is the least of the problems in the senate...what a joke!


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