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SENATORS: VOTE NO ON SB 705

THIS IS “POTHOLES VERSUS PLAINTIFFS”
SPEND MORE PAYING ATTORNEYS, LESS FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Justice Scales

Local governments ask you to OPPOSE Senate Bill 705 (PDF) on the Senate floor. This bill would dramatically increase liability  costs for governments, to enrich trial attorneys who specialize in suing the government.

 Committee amendments now specify FIFTEEN areas where a plaintiff’s  attorney can be awarded legal fees – either on top of monetary damages,  or just as an add-on to a non-monetary case. This isn’t a fair system –  it doesn’t have the “balancing” that federal law provides in similar  cases, nor what the state has previously decided works for medical  malpractice cases.

Both the State and local governments are likely to see a wave of new lawsuits arising from this bill.

The fiscal note points out that costs go up for state agencies  directly, and for the Attorney General’s office. Locals will see the  same thing – as we shift local taxpayer dollars away from education,  public safety, and infrastructure to hire more defense attorneys and pay out more judgments and lawyer fees.

 SB 705 fails to strike any balance between plaintiffs and defendants,  and will dramatically increase government liability costs. Please help  defend both the state and local bottom line by VOTING AGAINST SB 705.

MACo's Testimony (PDF)   |  MACo/MML Quick Facts (PDF)  |  MACo Blog Coverage of SB 705 |  SB 705   |   SB 705 Fiscal Note (PDF)