WISCONSIN NEWS ROUNDUP: Assembly committee debates having hospitals screen newborns for heart defects
A Wisconsin Assembly committee is scheduled to vote on making hospitals screen all newborns for congenital heart defects. The Senate's health committee endorsed the measure yesterday, and the Assembly Children-and-Families panel could do the same today. One of the bill's chief sponsors, Senate Republican Jerry Petrowski of Marathon, says the non-intrusive pulse-oximetry test can show doctors what they can't see about a baby's heart -- thus saving lives. The bill was introduced last April.