Thursday, January 8, 2004

From the state capitals

House approves hospital 'safety net'

COLUMBUS - The House unanimously approved reviving a "safety net" for hospitals and physicians in case a major medical malpractice insurer pulls out of the state.

The bill, now headed to the Senate after Wednesday's 92-0 vote, would require transferring $12 million from a former state-backed medical malpractice program and putting it in trust if the Ohio Department of Insurance needs to revive the program.

Bill would provide for local sales taxes

INDIANAPOLIS - A legislator sparked fresh debate Wednesday with a proposal that would allow Indiana counties, cities and towns to impose their own sales tax and other taxes if half the revenue is used to replace property taxes. Democratic Rep. Markt Lytle of Madison acknowledged he faced an uphill battle selling the concept.

Bill would require more caregivers

FRANKFORT - Legislation being introduced in the House and Senate would require many nursing homes to hire more nursing aides and other "front-line caregivers."

Industry officials said the legislation, if enacted, would amount to micromanagement by the state.

West-siders still stand by Pete
Concealed carry bill awaits Taft
Concealed carry rules
More stores sold gas-tainted kerosene
Water recedes, cleanup begins

Boone County schools chief likes to be prepared
AK Steel to build fence in pollution dispute
Killer to stay in tight security
Warren explores performing arts school
Blue Ash golfers can buy cold one
From the state capitals
Debate over halting killings splits council
Jolivette, Combs may swap
Harmony says sad goodbye to founder
Some want to shut door on retail
New hospital's scope still unclear
Trial gives look into drug life
Reservists off to Kuwait
News briefs
Husband, 85, charged in slaying
Public safety
In the schools
No jail in attack on local guide dog
Around the Tristate

Bronson: Visions of sugar plums? Not exactly
Lab buyout could result in moving it to Boone County
Senior citizens, students mingle

Thomas Rumpke ran family business

Coast Guard studying accident
Panel looks for good ideas
Kimmich bows out of county's top job
D.C. group airing ads touting Kerr