John Walsh http://michiganradio.org en Emergency Room staffers might get protection from malpractice lawsuits in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-room-staffers-might-get-protection-malpractice-lawsuits-michigan <p>State lawmakers will discuss making it more difficult to sue emergency room doctors, nurses and technicians for malpractice on Thursday.</p><p>Livonia state representative<a href="http://gophouse.org/representatives/southeast/walsh/"> John Walsh</a> is the sponsor of<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/htm/2013-HIB-4354.htm"> HB 4354</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says emergency room staffers should not have to worry about malpractice lawsuits while they provide potentially lifesaving treatment.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14953 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency Room staffers might get protection from malpractice lawsuits in Michigan Michigan lawmakers proposing changes to medical marijuana law http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-proposing-changes-medical-marijuana-law <p>Michigan&rsquo;s medical marijuana law is the focus of ongoing discussions at the state Capitol this week.</p><p>Lawmakers are considering proposals that would add regulations to how users can grow and store medical marijuana, and could change how police officers gather information about medical marijuana ID holders.</p><p>State Representative John Walsh (R- Livonia) chairs the House committee discussing the medical marijuana proposals.</p><p>He said he knows not everyone will be happy with the measures, but he says it&rsquo;s not his intention to dramatically alter the medical marijuana law as it was approved by voters.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve worked hard to be as open as possible, and to prove to the skeptics that we&rsquo;re open minded,&rdquo; said Walsh.</p><p>Supporters of medical marijuana say lawmakers are &ldquo;nipping away at the edges&rdquo; of the medical marijuana law by considering the changes. And they say they are particularly concerned with a proposal in the state Senate that would eliminate glaucoma as a medical condition that is treatable with marijuana.</p><p>Walsh says medical marijuana users don&rsquo;t need to be concerned about the proposed changes.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&quot;We&rsquo;re not interested...in doing away with the law, or undoing what voters asked for when they passed it, and I think we made that very very clear, to the point that when I left the room a number of medical marijuana came up and said, &lsquo;Wow, we thought you were out to crush the whole movement, and now we understand you&rsquo;re open to different things,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Walsh. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:28:37 +0000 Laura Weber 6410 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers proposing changes to medical marijuana law