Chinese drywall bill in Louisiana sent to committee

In a followup to the Chinese drywall legislative bill going through the Louisiana state government previously discussed here, the piece of legislation has been sent down to committee again for review. The Associated Press writes

The Senate diverted legislation dealing with Chinese-made building materials, which has been implicated in health problems, to a second committee hearing.

Several federal and state agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are investigating complaints that Chinese drywall is causing health problems. There also are reports that fumes from the drywall corrode metal and cause a rotten-egg stench in homes.

Sen. Julie Quinn’s bill originally would have allowed homeowners who used the drywall in their houses to sue the makers, distributors and sellers of the material for damages and attorney fees.

While this bill is very optimistic, it will be interesting to see how it develops over time. The legislation would be strongly opposed to by businesses in the state but does show initiative on the part of government for change to be developed.

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