Friday, February 10, 2006

State lawmakers say imminent domain is hot topic
Leaders of both parties said their constituents are upset about a U.S. Supreme Court decision last June that allows governments to forcibly buy property from its owner for development by another private owner.

"There have been 17 bills on this filed in the Senate and it's just Thursday," Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, said during The Associated Press-Tennessee Press Association legislative planning session Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, said he expected legislation to pass outlawing governmental taking of property for private development.

"Eminent domain is something that's on everybody's mind," Ramsey said. "It's mostly what I hear about back in my district."
So at least someone's trying to get it right.
Knoxville woman charged with TennCare fraud
An indictment accuses Hill of knowingly trying to use her TennCare benefits to pay for a fraudulent prescription for the painkiller Lortab, a brand version of hydrocodone.
Obviously, we all understand the problem of prescription fraud. My first thought about this article was a little different.

Does this woman ever think about the fact that she is stealing from poor people? By taking this money out of the TennCare budget, she is taking money that could be used to provide care for the indigent.

This isn't a matter of stealing from the tax collector. This money was destined for the indigent, having already been taken from the rich by the government.

What would she say if someone suggested to her that she steal $15 buck from a mission house to buy Lortab? Wait, don't answer that.
Chrysler's LaSorda calls for lawsuit reform
Just a reminder that the tort/malpractice problem in our country is more than just medical. How much of the cost of any product is due to the lawyers?