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.