Rep. Chris Sinicki: “Protect Wisconsin’s Veterans by Rejecting AB 19”

From my email inbox comes a press release from Democratic State Rep. Chris Sinicki on AB 19, which would create barriers for individuals affected by asbestos-related illnesses (a group to which many veterans belong) from having their day in court and seeing justice done.

MILWAUKEE – Rep. Sinicki issued the following statement in response to Republican leadership’s decision to schedule Assembly Bill 19 for a vote during Thursday’s floor session (March 20th).

“It is shameful that the same companies that exposed our servicemen and women and other workers to asbestos are now trying to escape justice by running out the clock on them. It’s doubly shameful that Republicans in the Legislature are trying to help them do it by passing Assembly Bill 19.

This bill would put up hurdles for veterans and others suffering from asbestos-related illnesses, delaying their day in court. And because most asbestos victims die within a year or two of their diagnosis, any delay could cost them their chance to see justice done.

It is likely that every legislator has constituents, including veterans, who would suffer as a result of this bill. I urge all of my colleagues in the Assembly on both sides of the aisle to reject this dangerous legislation.”


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