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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

 10:53 AM 

Senate passes bill limiting asbestos claims

The Senate has passed AB 19, which would put limits on civil claims for asbestos exposure, 17-16. The measure now goes back to the Assembly after passage of an amendment Tuesday.

The legislation would affect trusts that are set up by companies to pay claims after they go bankrupt. They are often used by non-defunct asbestos manufacturers, and critics say it would make it harder for those victims to claim damages. Backers counter the legislation would help prevent fraud by preventing double dipping.

Dems decried the bill, arguing it would change the rules for victims of asbestos exposure -- many of whom are veterans. Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, said many veterans affected by asbestos would simply like to have their day in court before they pass away.

"How can you be so cruel?" Risser asked.

Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, said the bill presumes that "somehow the corporations are the victims here, and not the men and women who were willing to put the lives on the line for their country."

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, countered that Dems were attempting to "completely misconstrue a complicated bill," and that it was simply about "forcing plaintiffs to disclose if they have claims out there against other defendants."

"I don't know who could object to that," Grothman said.


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