Cheyenne, Wy – The Director of the Equality State Policy Center opposes two constitutional amendments dealing with medical malpractice. Amendment C would set up a review panel, in an effort to weed out frivolous cases. Amendment D would allow legislators to cap non-economic damages. Doctors believe that the amendments could lower malpractice premiums and aid in recruitment and retention of doctors. But Tom Throop says it would only hinder citizens who have been harmed by doctors. He also says it is a big lie to say Doctors have been leaving the state.
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Division of Victim Services is focusing on trying to address Domestic Violence in the state. Family Violence Program Manager Lee Ann Stephenson says they are working with a wide range of groups to help train people to better identify the problem, so that it can be addressed. Stephenson believes it is also important that communities understand the problem. Stephenson says children who grow up in abusive homes face a wide range of long term problems. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Laramie, Wy – A proposed bill defining how to pay for leaking landfills around the state has earned the support of a legislative committee. For months, work has been under way to craft a legislative solution to the landfill problems. The result was the bill reviewed Tuesday by the Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee in Casper. Dave Finley of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Laramie, Wy – The increase in energy prices has meant more revenue for Wyoming, but in Campbell County it is also accompanied by an increase in rural crime. Sheriff Bill Pownall says especially in the southern part of the county they are seeing more thefts from oil wells. To combat this Pownall is starting a program to get people that work or live in rural areas to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. They're also providing a booklet to interested people. That booklet gives specific directions about what information the police need from witnesses of suspicious activity.
Wyoming – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is taking this high profile opportunity to unveil a new, expanded web site. Aliza Sherman reports that the Internet can be a useful tool for combating domestic violence. Or it can be a dangerous one.
Cheyenne – Debate on Medical Malpractice Constitutional Amendments.
Bob Beck - moderator. Tom Throop of the Equality State Policy Center, Doctor Robert Monger of the Wyoming Medical Society and Insurance Commission Ken Vines are on the panel to talk about Medical Malpractice.
Laramie, WY – A famous trial attorney from Jackson is traveling the state trying to raise opposition to the idea of capping medical malpractice damage awards. Gerry Spence says any cap limites the rights of people in Wyoming. He says he wouldn't even support a cap on non-economic damages or pain and suffering at one million dollars. Spence says if someone's wife is killed and she didn't work outside the home, she doesn't have any economic value under this proposed amendment. Spence says he knows of no Wyoming woman who isn't worth more than a million dollars.