The state’s trial lawyers have released their legislative agenda for the upcoming session of the General Assembly. The wish-list seeks to advance protections for injured people who sue, reduce what it sees as heavy-handed criminal laws, resist “tort reform,” and narrow the use of the death penalty.
Here are some of the highlights:
Fully funded courts system, to ensure everyone has access.
Making local government workers liable for negligence.
Doing away with the contributory negligence doctrine, which prevents plaintiffs from successfully suing if they were to any degree at fault for their own injuries.
Reforming the state’s habitual felon law, prescription drug statutes, parole eligibility laws and reclassifying some minor offenses to save money and be more fair.
Taking away prosecutors’ ability to exclusively schedule criminal cases.
Raising the age of adulthood in criminal court from 16 to 18.
Requiring nursing homes to disclose to their residents the extent of insurance they carry.
Establishing an independent state crime lab.
Giving illegal immigrants the right to take a driver’s license test.
Improving migrant farm workers’ conditions.
Separating the selection of judges from the influence of outside money.
You can find the complete list at its website. .