By Jeff Simpson - Cross posted from Purple WI.
Scott Walker is "very disappointed" that Mary Burke used some policy positions
that were copied from other Democrats running throughout the nation.
Mr. Walker should be disappointed in his memory. Scott Walker was
sworn in on January 3rd, 2011 and on January 27, 2011 signed his first
bill into law. That Bill was Wisconsin Act 2 or better known on right wing talk radio as Tort Reform.
Wisconsin Act 2, was introduced by Rep. Jim Ott and Sen. Rich
Zipperer at the request of Scott Walker. Let's let our friends at PR Watch break down this bill a little further.
Such is the case with Wisconsin Act 2 which adopts parts of the ALEC "Punitive Damages Standards Act",
limiting the ability to hold corporations accountable for outrageous
acts of negligence or recklessness causing injury or death. It draws
liberally from the ALEC "Product Liability Act",
giving corporations free rein to manufacture defective products or
products with insufficient warnings about hazards. A corporation can now
escape liability in Wisconsin by showing that the product it
manufactured complied with existing regulations, even if the corporation
knew the product was dangerous, a standard drawn from the ALEC "Regulatory Compliance Congruity with Liability Act" and "Product Liability Act". Wisconsin Act 2 also draws from elements of the ALEC "Comparative Fault Act" and "Joint and Several Liability Act"
in changing the standards for apportioning fault in a product liability
lawsuit. The law also extends liability protections to the nursing home
industry (which supported him in the election), using ALEC bills such
as the "Non-Economic Damage Awards Act",
limiting awards in cases involving long term health care providers to
$750,000 (an increase from the ALEC $250,000 cap) or the amount awarded
in economic damages. Act 2 also adopts the ALEC "Reliability in Expert Testimony Standards Act", adopting the Daubert standard, making it much harder for people to qualify as experts by adopting federal rules favored by corporations.
Nowhere, in the final Senate nor Assembly bill was ALEC footnoted or credited at all! Senators Alberta Darling and Leah Vukmir have
even called for Mary Burke to resign over this scandal, yet both vote
for the final version of the uncredited ghost written Wisconsin ACT 2.
As of the time this was published, neither Senator has yet to ask for
the resignation of either Mr. Ott or Mr. Zipperer(who has since resigned from the Senate but now works directly for Mr. Walker).
Even this very paper, who has endorsed Scott Walker twice, has told Mr. Walker - "hey Pot have you met Kettle?".
Honestly, Mr. Walker has not even been original in his advertising. Maybe these charges of plagiarism against Mr. Walker will stick.
As I pointed out in my last column, we need to make sure our own house is in order before we start throwing stones.
It appears that Mr. Walker is not going to take my advice, and is doubling down on the attacks. Even if his house comes crashing down around him. Apparently, because he has failed so miserably at creating jobs, and balancing the budget, along with the perpetual John Doe investigation, that attacking appears to be his only chance.
Heavn Help the great people of Wi, as they will have to sit through
the hundreds of millions of dollars of attack ads and BS between now and
November. Making the Brewers collapse that much more unbearable!
One last piece of follow up. Whatever happened to Wisconsin Act 2,
aka Tort Reform? Well unfortunately it failed in its objective, as Professor Esenberg has shown us how easy it for someone to still file frivolous lawsuits!
However that story is for another day!