Martin Di Caro reports that the “Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Amendment Act of 2014” is unlikely to make it out of the Judiciary and Public Safety Commitee tomorrow and so will die. It has been expanded to include other vulnerable users.
According to Di Caro, Cheh is the swing vote and is going to vote against it.
Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), says she cannot support the legislation in its current form. It would compromise crash victims' ability — especially in major accidents — to be fully compensated if they are injured by more than one person, she says.
There she's referencing Joint and Several liability. The plan was to amend the law to protect J&SL. The amendment was based on a similar one from some other state (I didn't write down which one. Oregon maybe?)
So that would leave Wells and, I believe, Bonds for - and Cheh, Bowser and Evans against. So, we'll see.
It is interesting that one of the two parties opposed to the bill is the Trial Lawyers Association and that comparing their list of leadership to Mary Cheh's Office of Campaign Finance Report, they contributed at least $14,500 of the $368,000+ she's raised since 2006.
Update: From a DCist article.
"Trial lawyers are concerned this could be the camel's nose under the tent," Wells said. "That it could impact the size of the awards."
Wells said trial lawyers hold "a lot of sway in the John Wilson building."
"We just went through an election cycle, they contribute a lot of money to campaigns," he said. "And that will have an impact."
Grosso noted that, between the first hearing and now, he worked with trial lawyers who expressed concern over the bill to make changes. "There's no reason why this shouldn't move forward, but there's obviously some hesitancy," he said.