Marleau: Health care I’m Sorry legislation approved by Senate

LANSING―Michigan health care providers would be able to apologize for the pain, suffering, or death of their patients without the comments being used against them in a court of law under legislation approved by the state Senate on Tuesday.

“This bill protects our health care providers who say 'I'm sorry' to a patient or a patient's family when something goes wrong. If signed into law, the apology cannot be used against him or her in a medical malpractice situation,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion, who sponsored Senate Bill 53 with bipartisan support. “No one, especially health care workers, wants to ignore someone in pain. Not only will we improve care, it is the right thing to do.”

Marleau said those who work in health care are usually discouraged by their lawyers and insurance representatives from expressing sympathy to a patient. However, Michigan hospitals that have implemented similar policies have reduced medical malpractice lawsuits and the number of medical errors from health care providers.  Health care costs are on the rise, but saying “I’m sorry” creates real savings and improves quality of care.

The University of Michigan has implemented a similar “I'm sorry” policy, and according to a 2009 article published by the school's attorney, there has been a 40 percent reduction in new lawsuits filed by patients, which has cut its litigation costs in half. The school also said the policy helps in correcting mistakes and training to prevent future errors. 

Several other states have passed similar legislation.

SB 53, which received unanimous approval, now goes to the state House of Representatives for consideration.

Sen. Marleau welcomes 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series

LANSING—State Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, pictured right, presents race car driver Brad Keselowski with a copy of Senate Resolution 12,  which was adopted and recognizes the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series champ's on-track excellence, and contributions to his home community and to the state of Michigan.
Keselowski, who is from Rochester Hills, will defend his championship when the 2011 race season begins at famed Daytona International Speedway on February 19.


Editor’s note: A print quality version of this and other photographs are available by visiting the lawmaker's website at and clicking Photowire.

Sen. Marleau announces February office hours

LANSING―If you have a concern about state government or seek to share comments about an important issue, state Sen. Jim Marleau wants to meet with you and hear what you have to say.

Marleau, R-Lake Orion, announced today that he has scheduled a series of open office hours for the month of February. Meetings will take place on each Monday of the month from 9 a.m. til noon.

Specific office hours locations are as follows:

February 7th – 9:00am-12:00pm
Orion Township Hall
2525 Joslyn Road
Orion, MI 48360

February 14th – 9:00am-12:00pm
City of Rochester Municipal Offices
400 Sixth Street
Rochester, MI 48307

February 21st – 9:00am-12:00pm
Oxford Township Hall
300 Dunlap Rd
Oxford, MI 48371

February 28th – 9:00am-12:00pm
City of the Village of Clarkston
375 Depot St.
Clarkston, MI 48346

For further information please contact Marleau's office by visiting his website,; via email at; or by phone at 517-373-2417.