Friday, April 15, 2005

Bills before the Governor

Several Washington bills that are of interest to trial lawyers have passed both the House and the Senate. If the Governor signs them, they will become law. They include:

criminal trials, dependent adult witnesses

  • HB 2126, providing accommodations to dependent persons who are victims and witnesses.

legal services, court system
  • HB 1542, providing indigent defense services.

  • HB 1747, administering state-funded civil representation of indigent persons.

  • SB 5454, revising trial court funding provisions.

arbitration and mediation
  • HB 1054, enacting the revised Uniform Arbitration Act.

  • SB 5173, enacting the Uniform Mediation Act.

  • SB 5733, concerning mandatory arbitration (two more counties will be required to have it; in counties that have it, it will apply at a lower dollar threshold).

health care
  • HB 1291, "improving health care professional and health care facility patient safety practices."

  • SB 5065, requiring notice of potential injuries resulting from health care.
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1 comment:

Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.