Veterans Groups Support Democratic Lawmakers' Bill to Repeal Asbestos Law That Walker Signed

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According to The Capital Times (July 31), veterans advocate Jason Johns said the two military organizations he represents ( Military Order of the Purple Heart of Wisconsin and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Wisconsin) and the American Legion Department of Wisconsin  are opposed to a bill meant to curtail asbestos lawsuits, which Gov. Walker had signed into law earlier this year.

"When 100,000 vets stand united on an issue, it clearly shows this is not right for vets," Johns said.

Democratic lawmakers refer to the asbestos bill as the "Corporate Profits over Veterans" act.

 "According to statistics, veterans are disproportionately impacted by asbestos exposure than the general population.  While only 8% of the country's population has served in the military, veterans comprise 30% of mesothelioma deaths.  Veterans represent 62% of the asbestos cases filed in Wisconsin over the last decade."

The law passed by Gov. Walker makes it harder for victims of asbestos exposure to receive damages in court.  

Johns "was working closely with Republicans to craft numerous compromises, but talks fell through at the last minute when it became clear the bill had the support of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's largest business lobby, and the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council, which advocates for limiting lawsuits."

Johns has now joined Democrats in introducing a bill that would repeal the measure Gov. Walker signed into law.  The bill would be introduced at the start of the new legislative session in January.

For details,  go to The Capital Times post Veterans Groups On Board With Bill To Repeal Asbestos Law Passed By Gov. Walker

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