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h_jud_2018a_2018-04-24t12:03:13z3 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB18-123

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY
Date Apr 24, 2018      
Location HCR 0112



SB18-123 - Postponed Indefinitely


03:42:32 PM  

Rep Liston, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-123, concerning asbestos trust claim transparency.  Representative Liston explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need.

03:50:14 PM  

Mr. Phil Goldberg, representing the U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Goldberg discussed the lack of transparency in asbestos litigation, and certain tactics used in this litigation. Committee members received a form used for proof of claim in an asbestos suit (Attachment D). Mr. Goldberg responded to questions regarding why certain disclosures cannot be made under the current judicial process.

04:00:11 PM  
Senator Sonny Borrelli, Arizona State Senator representing himself, testified in support of SB 18-123. Senator Borrelli discussed his reasons for sponsoring legislation similar to the bill in Arizona. Senator Borrelli responded to questions regarding the opinion of the military community on asbestos litigation and legislation similar to SB 18-123.
04:09:20 PM  
Mr. Mark Hillman, representing the Colorado Civil Justice League, testified in support of the bill. Discussion ensued regarding how losses are determined in asbestos cases.
04:15:14 PM  

Mr. Kevin Hannon, representing the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, testified in opposition to the bill. He rebutted earlier testimony on transparency and certain allegations about asbestos litigation. Mr. Hannon also discussed certain tactics used by the defense in asbestos litigation. Mr. Jason Wardrip, representing the Colorado Building Trades Council, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Wardrip discussed his experience with asbestos exposure, and spoke against allegations of "double-dipping." Mr. Hannon responded to questions regarding tactics used to delay court cases, and having all parties present in court.

04:31:16 PM  
No amendments were offered to SB 18-123.


04:32:32 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-123 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Carver
Seconded Lundeen
Benavidez No
Carver Yes
Herod No
Lundeen Yes
Melton No
Roberts No
Weissman No
Willett Yes
Wist Yes
Salazar No
Lee No
YES: 4   NO: 7   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:33:02 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-123 indefinitely.
Moved Salazar
Seconded Melton
Benavidez Yes
Carver No
Herod Yes
Lundeen No
Melton Yes
Roberts Yes
Weissman Yes
Willett No
Wist No
Salazar Yes
Lee Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS