Senate Overrides Medical Liability Reform Veto; House Vote Set for July 25–Let Your Legislator Know You Support Override of SB 33 Veto

The NC Senate voted swiftly to override the veto of Senate Bill 33 – Medical Liability Reforms on Monday, July 11. Now, the deliberation continues to the NC House of Representatives, which has scheduled votes to override the Governor’s veto of several bills, including SB 33, on Monday, July 25. Voting could occur anytime between July 25 and July 28. The NCMS is asking physicians to contact their Representatives by phone, fax and email in Raleigh or in their home district, and urge them to override the Governor’s veto of SB 33. Time is limited, so please contact your legislator today.

If you choose to email your legislator, visit http://www.capwiz.com/ncmedsoc/callalert/index.tt?alertid=51747501&type=ST for contact and content help.

A handwritten signed note is also effective. Be brief and include how your legislator can contact you. Legislative office numbers and addresses are available at http://www.ncleg.net/, and click the “Who Represents Me” tab using the 9-digit zip code on your NC driver’s license.

On Thursday night, NCMS hosted its first-ever Tele-Town Hall in which every NCMS member was called and invited to participate. NCMS Legislative Director Chip Baggett and EVP, CEO Robert Seligson led the briefing, which allowed participants an opportunity to ask questions.

Earlier this week, the NCMS talked with physicians face-to-face at Town Hall meetings held in Asheville and Greenville on Tuesday. Briefings by Chip Baggett and Steve Keene provided physicians talking points and information on contacting legislators. Over a thousand physicians have participated in Town Hall meetings. More Physician Town Hall meetings are scheduled for next week—please plan to attend, and let your colleagues know, too:

Monday, July 18, Charlotte, 5:30pm, City County Government Center, Conference Room 267, 600 E. 4th Street, with parking at 2325 Davidson Street

Tuesday, July 19, Hickory, 6:00pm, Catawba Valley Medical Center Hospital, Class Room 810, Fairgrove Church Road SE.

Wednesday, July 20, Winston-Salem, 6:00pm, Forsyth Medical Center Conference Room, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway.

Thursday, July 21, New Bern, 6:00pm, CarolinaEast Medical Center Auditorium, 2000 Neuse Boulevard;

Thursday, July 21, Fayetteville, 6:00pm, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center Board Room, 1638 Owen Drive.

Be informed and talk with your legislator before the House votes the week of July 25. Let your Representative know how important it is to support the override of the Governor’s veto of SB 33.

 
 

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