LAWSUIT REFORM ALLIANCE APPLAUDS MOVEMENT OF REP. FASO’S INFRASTRUCTURE EXPANSION ACT
Committee Decision on Federal Scaffold Law Reform Bill an Important Step in Ensuring Infrastructure Dollars Go Further
WASHINGTON, DC – The House Judiciary Committee today favorably reported a bill introduced by Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) called the Infrastructure Expansion Act of 2017.
The bill, H.R. 3808 would allow any project financed with federal taxpayer dollars to utilize the same liability standard found in every other state. Currently, under a unique statute known as the ‘Scaffold Law,’ New York is the only state in the country that applies absolute liability to property owners and contractors in the event of a gravity-related work-site accident.
Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York celebrated the committee’s decision. “Today marks tremendous progress towards ensuring that federal infrastructure dollars are not wasted. This bill will make more infrastructure improvement possible, without compromising quality or safety,” he said.
The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.