New bill brings medical malpractice fight to the Legislature

Seeking to avert a costly initiative battle, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has introduced a bill to serve as a vehicle for a legislative compromise on California's medical malpractice law.

The measure is brief: just one sentence stating the Legislature's intention to "bring interested parties together to develop a legislative solution to issues surrounding medical malpractice injury compensation."

But the bill--which arrived last Friday, the final day new legislation could be introduced this session--marks the state Senate leader's last-ditch effort to stave off an ugly looming initiative battle.

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