State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff
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Asbestos bill latest example of need for Democratic control of legislature, says Assembly District 19 Candidate Jonathan Brostoff

he asbestos legislation supported by Wisconsin Republicans that is designed to protect corporate interests at the expense of justice for victims of asbestos exposure is the latest example of why Democrats need to win back majorities in the state legislature.

By - Mar 24th, 2014 09:44 am

MILWAUKEE — The asbestos legislation supported by Wisconsin Republicans that is designed to protect  corporate interests at the expense of justice for victims of asbestos exposure is the latest example of why Democrats need to win back majorities in the state legislature, says Jonathan Brostoff, candidate for State Assembly in District 19.

“The legislature needs to be accountable to its citizens, like the victims of asbestos exposure, not to corporate interests with deep pockets,” says Brostoff. “This is another clear example of why Democrats need to win back a majority in the Senate and Assembly.”

The legislation, which has passed in the Assembly and Senate, would limit the ability of those exposed to asbestos to seek damages from trusts and corporate interests that are liable. Governor Walker will now consider signing the bill.

“This is a cynical attempt by Republican lawmakers and lobbyists to slow the pace of legal filings so that people who are affected can’t collect damages before their deaths,” says Brostoff. “I support the veterans groups and others who want to stop this awful bill from becoming law.”

Wisconsin has the 14th highest death rate of malignant Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease, which is incurable, can take decades to present after exposure. Veterans are disproportionately affected by asbestos-related health problems, according to military.com.

“If elected to the State Assembly, I will work diligently to help Democrats win back majorities so that harmful legislation like this bill will not be passed,” Brostoff says.

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