Second wave of prefile bills released

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Bills related to medical malpractice, the issuance of citations and genetically engineered seeds were among the second wave of measures filed Friday, ahead of next week’s legislative session.

HB250, from Rep. Kurt Olson, R-Soldotna, says expressions of liability, apology, sympathy or compassion by a health care provider or employee to a patient, relative of a patient or legal representative of a patient regarding the patient’s care would not be admissible as evidence in a medical malpractice case. Evidence of an offer to correct or remediate an unanticipated outcome of treatment or care also would not be admissible.

SB116, from Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, would allow for parking citations to be left on cars or citations to be left on other property, like a house or boat, that was subject of an infraction or violation. It is a response to the court system’s interpretation of a 2010 law that requires law enforcement to personally serve citations.

HB249, from Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, says a person may not knowingly use a seed or plant produced with genetic engineering to produce or grow an agricultural product to sell.

Less than 20 bills were included in the batch of prefiles released Friday; dozens others were prefiled a week earlier.

Others included in the latest group would establish a registry for advanced health care directives and make permanent a needs-based program for Alaska senior citizens based on their income.

Bills in play when last session ended will remain so this year. Lawmakers will still be able to file other bills after the new session begins on Tuesday.



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