S5755, an amendment (no. 603) introduced by Sen. McConnell
(R-KY), to reform the health-care liability system and improve
health-care quality through establishment of quality assurance
programs, was agreed to by voice vote.
S5793, an amendment (no. 605) introduced by Sen. Wellstone
(D-MN), to revise provisions regarding reports on medical malpractice
data and access to certain information, was tabled by voice vote.
S5800, an amendment (no. 608) introduced by Sen. Snowe (R-ME),
to limit the amount of punitive damages that may be awarded in
a health-care liability action, was agreed to by voice vote.
S5931, an amendment (no. 611) introduced by Sen. Kyl (R-AZ),
to place a limitation of $500,000 on noneconomic damages that
are awarded to compensate a claimant for pain, suffering, emotional
distress, and other related injuries, was tabled by voice vote.
H1566, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to make permanent
the credit for clinical testing expenses for certain drugs and
rare diseases or conditions was introduced by Rep. Johnson (R-CT).