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.