WSAC contract lobbyist, Mike Hoover, has kept you well informed regarding SSB 5163 – concerning wrongful injury or death this session, but it is also important to note that, while we may not carry the day on this issue, we have a great group of hardworking people doing their best to make sure our concerns are well understood.

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To that end, I wanted to take a moment to draw your attention to the March 19th hearing on the bill in the House Committee on Civil Rights and Judiciary.

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The panel of witnesses did an outstanding job of delivering testimony about SSB 5163 and responding to questions.

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We greatly appreciate the excellent testimony from Jean Homan, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers; Jennifer Burkhardt, Washington State Hospital Association; and Mike Hoover, Washington State Association of Counties.  Likewise, the Liability Reform Coalition has done a superb job coordinating our efforts.

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The video is about nine minutes in length (50:06 to 58:47).  Be sure to watch through the three questions asked of the panel in the final minutes of the testimony. Testimony from the advocates starts before the 50-minute mark.

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