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Asbestos bill signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Gov. Scott Walker quietly signed a bill opposed by numerous veterans groups and Democrats that changes the process for bringing asbestos exposure lawsuits.

The bill was among 29 that Walker signed privately on Thursday morning in Milwaukee. Veterans had been lobbying strongly against the bill, which they say will delay and deny justice to those who have gotten sick due to asbestos exposure. 

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca released a statement Thursday criticizing Gov. Walker for privately signing a bill into law that he says will seriously undermine the legal rights of veterans who have been victims of asbestos poisoning.  

“I am extremely disappointed that Gov. Walker sided with corporate special interests over veterans and other workers who, through no fault of their own, have been harmed by exposure to asbestos – and it speaks volumes that the governor chose to sign this bill quickly and away from public scrutiny."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)