This week our state Legislature is considering a bill that would harm, not help, families who have lost a loved one to asbestos disease. Like ours.

My father, Sherman Peterson, died two years ago from mesothelioma, the cancer caused by asbestos exposure. He had operated an auto service station, where he repaired cars, including fixing brakes. Only when he fell ill decades later did we learn that he was being exposed to asbestos in those brakes. Asbestos that should never have been there, because the dangers were long known.

We want justice and accountability. But remarkably the state House of Representatives is considering the “Asbestos Litigation Transparency Act,” which would set up a series of roadblocks for families just like ours when we try to take the companies responsible to court.

Our elected representatives should say no to this bill.

Steve Peterson