AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Center for Economic Freedom Policy Analyst Kathleen Hunker is testifying before the Texas House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee TODAY, Tuesday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. CDT or upon final adjournment in Room E2.026 of the Texas State Capitol. Ms. Hunker will testify on House Bill 1492, relating to consideration of asbestos or silica trust claims in certain actions asserting asbestos- or silica-related injuries. TPPF last month released a bill analysis of HB 1492 by Ms. Hunker.

“Asbestos litigation has evolved in a way that solicits fraud,” said Hunker. “The current rules deny defendants a reasonable opportunity to examine the evidence surrounding a plaintiff’s alleged asbestos exposure before trial. House Bill 1492 takes the common sense approach of obliging plaintiffs to notify each party about competing claims. It introduces some much-needed transparency into the compensation process, ensuring that deserving Texans are made whole while preventing creative attorneys from securing duplicate awards.”

Kathleen Hunker, Policy Analyst, Center for Economic Freedom, TPPF
Testimony before the Texas House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee


TODAY, Tuesday, April 7, 2015
 2:00 p.m. CDT or upon final adjournment
WHERE:    Texas State Capitol
 Room E2.026

More information about the hearing can be found at:
To schedule an interview with Ms. Hunker, please contact Caroline Espinosa at or 512-472-2700.

Kathleen Hunker is a policy analyst with the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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