Introduced Version






HOUSE

RESOLUTION No. ___



Introduced by: Tyler


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        A RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to assign to a study committee the topic of liability for asbestos related illnesses.
    

    Whereas, Exposure to asbestos can be harmful to our health;

    Whereas, Those who work in building construction, shipping, mining, automotive brake and clutch repair, and other industries that use asbestos have a much higher asbestos exposure rate;

    Whereas, These workers have increased chances of contracting two principal types of cancer: cancer of the lung tissue and mesothelioma, a cancer of the thin membrane that

surrounds the lung and other internal organs; and

    Whereas, It is necessary that our state thoroughly study the extent of liability for asbestos related illnesses: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:


    SECTION 1. That the legislative council is urged to assign to a study committee the topic of liability for asbestos related illnesses.
    SECTION 2. That if a committee is assigned the topic recommended for study, the committee shall consider the following:
        (1) The appropriate period of repose or limitation for an action concerning liability for asbestos related illnesses, in light of current medical understanding of mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses.
        (2) Determination of the persons involved in the production, manufacture, sale, use, or installation of asbestos and asbestos containing materials who should be held liable for asbestos related illnesses.
        (3) Determination of the persons suffering from an asbestos related illness who should be eligible to bring an action based on the asbestos related illness.
        (4) Determination of the Indiana companies that may be subject to civil liability based on an asbestos related illness.
        (5) Determination of the number of victims of asbestos related illnesses residing in Indiana, the means by which they were exposed to asbestos, and the type of asbestos related illnesses the victims have contracted.
        (6) The availability and effectiveness of worker's compensation for victims of asbestos related illnesses.
        (7) Funding with respect to programs to benefit victims of asbestos related illnesses.
        (8) Any other issue related to liability arising from exposure to asbestos.


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HR 1600/DI 84

2009


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