Senate Kills Howell's Asbestos Bill

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Once again, thank you Democratic-controlled State Senate!
A Virginia Senate committee on Monday killed a proposal championed by House Speaker William J. Howell that would have helped protect a Fortune 500 company from asbestos lawsuits.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee voted down the measure 13 to 2 with just one Republican and one Democrat siding with Howell, who had quietly maneuvered behind the scenes for much of the legislative session to garner support for the bill, HB 629. The House of Delegates narrowly passed the bill last month.
And once again, shame on the Republican-controlled House of Delegates, which passed Bill Howell's asbestos protection act 49-48 on February 9. Yet another example of why we need Democrats in charge in Richmond.