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Veterans retreat on effort to stop asbestos bill

Renee Simpson, state commander of the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars, holds pictures of her father and other family members while speaking out against a bill that would delay asbestos-exposure lawsuits Monday, March 17, 2014, in Madison, Wis. Simpson and others representing veterans and their families are urging Gov. Scott Walker to reject the bill. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Renee Simpson, state commander of the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars, holds pictures of her father and other family members March 17 while speaking out against a bill that would delay asbestos-exposure lawsuits. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin veterans who had been urging Gov. Scott Walker to veto a bill affecting asbestos exposure lawsuits are backing down after being told the governor plans to sign the measure.

Jason Johns, lobbyist for the Military Order of the Purple Heart of Wisconsin, said Monday that he emailed veterans telling them to curtail their effort after a Walker aide told another veteran the governor planned to sign the bill.

Walker’s spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said Walker continues to evaluate the measure.

Republican proponents argue the goal is to stop those bringing asbestos exposure lawsuits from being able to double dip by suing businesses and trusts established to pay claims. But opponents say new requirements will delay and deny justice for those harmed by asbestos, including veterans.

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