Wisconsin Bill To Deny Justice for Asbestos Victims

Last week, Jason Johns, executive director of the Wisconsin Asbestos Victims Network, wrote an op-ed in The Cap Times about how Senate Bill 13 will deny justice for people affected by asbestos in Wisconsin. The aforementioned bill - an ALEC-sponsored bill  - institutes unnecessary delays costing precious time in the fight against mesothelioma.

Asbestos causes approximately 10,000 deaths every year yet is still legal.  This dangerous product poses a further threat: mesothelioma has a long latency period so people exposed to asbestos on average do not begin to show symptoms until decades after exposure! Once the symptoms have begun, time is of the essence- most people die within one to two years after diagnosis.

As if that weren’t cruel enough, asbestos related diseases have a history of attacking veterans- veterans make up 8 percent of the population but 30 percent of all mesothelioma deaths. This alarming statistic, as well as personal experience, pushed the commander of the VFW Department for Wisconsin to pen an op-ed in the Green Bay Gazette opposing Senate Bill 13. Furthermore, the Military Order of the Purple Heart also came out in opposition to the bill.

Senate Bill 13 has been voted out of the Wisconsin Senate Judiciary Committee; however it is not too late to stand up for veterans rights – tell Wisconsin senators you oppose Senate Bill 13.