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ALEC, Asbestos, And Lung Disease

Posted by Phoenix Woman on November 11, 2013

11/11/2013 UPDATE — I just got word from Susan Vento that ALEC’s minions are pushing this bill again. Her comments are below:

Unfortunately this awful, wretched anti-victim/anti-veteran bill is continuing to move through the house (as part of tort reform week). …

Again, our campaign site is and the petition to showcase opposition to the FACT Act is here:

Pop Tort recently posted a quick highlight here:

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So when Susan Vento, his wife, writes to me about an important cause, I pay attention:

My name is Susan Vento, and I am writing to you about a cause very close to my heart. My husband, Bruce, was a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives until October 10th, 2000 when he died of pleural mesothelioma––a rare disease caused by asbestos exposure. As of yesterday, asbestos companies began using their political influence to push a new bill into Congress, led by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is called the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act.” On top of mass privacy concerns, this bill would delay and, in some cases, deny justice to people suffering from asbestos-related diseases. The FACT Act marks the beginning of a state-by-state strategy to dismantle the rights of victims.

In the name of so-called “transparency,” the bill places burdensome reporting requirements…

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