Feb 22, 2007

Actual debate is back in the Michigan House

News Flash!!!!!

There is actual debate on the Michigan House floor, as we speak. When was the last time that happened?

The House is debating House Bill 4044 that will no longer give drug companies legal immunity against lawsuits against the harm their drugs call. The bill repeals a 1996 law granting legal immunity to drug companies. Passed by then-Governor John Engler and the Republican-controlled Legislature, the law gives companies complete immunity from legal action. It includes big drug companies in the Consumer Protection Act, from which they are currently exempted.

Republican after Republican stood up and gave long speechs against the bill. Many stood up and said it’s a job issue, ignoring the simple fact that we are the only state in the union to give this immunity to drug companies. After 1996 they should have been flocking here. Have they?

But the most important thing is there is actual debate. When Republicans controlled the House that was not allowed. There certainly seems to be no limit on the time either. The House is also debating the entire package of bills that includes HB 4044, 4045 and 4046.
Check it out.

UPDATE- The bill - 4044- passed easily with a 70-39 vote and moves to the Senate.
HB 4045 passed by a vote of 60-49.
HB 4046 passed by a vote of 58-49.


Anonymous said...

No, in fact since Jenny took office they are flocking away from here. Poor Jenny... she just knows how to keep and add jobs, doesn't she?? Hey... we are all blown away!!!!

Communications guru said...

And your ridiculous comment means what? You can’t possibly mean Pfizer?
Phiser did not leave her because of Jennifer Granholm. They, and all drug companies, had a licensed to kill Michigan residents with no consequences that no other state in the union offered them, and they did not flock here fro the 11 years that disgraceful anti-consumer law was on the books here.

According to the Detroit Free Press (http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070123/BUSINESS06/701230371/1019) Overall, Pfizer is cutting 10,000 workers, or about 10 percent of its worldwide workforce, and trimming $1.5 billion to $2 billion in expenses.

David Canter, Pfizer's senior vice president in charge of operations in Ann Arbor, said the Pfizer cuts could not be blamed on Michigan's tax climate, union demands, unfavorable weather or any other oft-cited challenges.
He said Pfizer, through a series of mergers and acquisitions, simply had too many research facilities and employees around the world. The Michigan cuts are part of a global streamlining.

But you are going to blame the Governor. After all, why let the facts get in the way of a good smear job. You never have and you never will.