Asbestos legislation delayed for another week in Senate Chris Buell at 10:29 AM ET
[JURIST] The introduction of a bill that would replace lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers with a $140 billion compensation fund will be delayed for another week, according to the legislation's author, PA Sen. Arlen Specter [official website]. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Judiciary Committee members asked for an additional week to review the bill, which was previously delayed due to objections by Senate Democrats. Specter has sought bipartisan support [JURIST report] for the bill, but both sides have expressed concerns. Some Republicans have argued the medical criteria to qualify for compensation were too weak. Reuters has more.
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