Legislators from sixteen states attended an informational Senate Briefing last week entitled “Asbestos: The Impact on Public Health, the Environment, and the Economy.” The session, organized by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, raised awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, the seriousness of mesothelioma and encouraged attendees to adopt policy to address this dangerous carcinogen.

The states in attendance were: Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington.  If your state could not make it, ADAO has made the informational briefing materials digitally available here.  Please, feel free to pass them onto your state’s Senate & Representative offices.

In addition, ADAO Co-founder Linda Reinstein and the delegation of asbestos victims and speakers visited several Senate and House offices. Linda, on the ADAO blog, declared the visit a success, saying that “ADAO
saw offices embrace bipartisan collaboration” regarding asbestos.

On behalf of everyone here at the Firm, I’d like to thank Linda, the medical experts, and asbestos victims who put so much time and effort into making the day such a huge success. The work ADAO and other mesothelioma non-profits accomplish for the asbestos community is vitally important on so many levels. We are grateful for they work they do to educate our political leaders, advocate for an asbestos ban, support the asbestos community, and most importantly, stand up for what is right.