Last evening, Congressman Billy Long fought for taxpayers and consumers by submitting a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would limit frivolous transportation lawsuits. The Litigation Limitation Act would provide a clear cut-off date for litigation so highway and public transportation projects could proceed without excessive or politically motivated lawsuits slowing down construction.
"All across America, highway and public transportation projects are sitting idle, the result of costly and unnecessary lawsuits," said Long. "Taxpayers and drivers suffer from higher project costs, delays, inadequate infrastructure, and dangerous, partially completed construction zones. This bill will help get America back to work while making our roads safer to use."
The Litigation Limitation Act would finalize a Federal agency's decision to issue a permit, license, or other form of approval and prevent judicial review of that decision. The Litigation Limitation Act would, however, continue to allow a lawsuit if a party violates the terms of the permit or license; reviews involving new information would also still be permitted.
Long, the original sponsor of the Litigation Limitation Act, believes our highway infrastructure should be ready to meet the future needs of our nation's economy. As a member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Long knows the burdens facing today's transportation community.
"America once built vast interstate road networks and large public transportation projects on time and under budget," said Long. "The needless regulations and endless lawsuits are reasons why today's projects take too long and cost too much. The Litigation Limitation Act will speed the construction of vital transportation infrastructure, reduce costs, and get people back to work during this time of high unemployment."
Before a bill becomes law it must pass both chambers of Congress and be signed by the President.