American Legislative Exchange Council Still Pushing AB 597

Amid protests from more than 1,000 people, conservative lawmakers are in San Diego this week for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Conference. ALEC, backed by the Koch Brothers, is pushing AB 597 to limit legal rights of veterans and others exposed to asbestos.

Brian Chase, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) President gave his response to the meeting in a press release. “This bill inspired by ALEC remains a clear and present danger to the rights of many veterans who served our country only to face the peacetime threat of death because of exposure to asbestos during their military service. ALEC is adding insult to lethal injury by meeting in the city that is home to one of California’s biggest military bases as well as a vast veteran population, some of them sadly fighting the deadly repercussions of asbestos exposure.”

Click to see the CAOC’s full press release.