There are seven weeks left in the legislative session, and it could be a contentious seven weeks. Deep partisan divisions are exacerbated by a campaign year. The StateSenate is ready to pass the tort reform bill approved by the House. Republican floor leader Michael Gibbons says it solves some lingering problems with malpractice and outrageous jury judgments. Governor Bob Holden, a Democrat, says Senators are wasting their time with such an extensive bill because he’ll probably veto it. Look for major battles on Medicaid, the state budget, insurance reform, with a myriad of opportuntiies for fights right there. The House and Senate go back to work Mondayafternoon.
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