A bad hearing, followed by a mad scramble for signatures, followed by disingenuous fiscal note by the Office of Administrator of Courts, followed by egregious mismanagement of Senate floor sessions – including the need to revote time consuming and controversial bills – all conspired against the Vulnerable User bill. Despite broad support and the votes necessary for passage, the bill died in the Senate at cutoff on February 16.
Thank you to everyone who worked hard for the Vulnerable User Bill. You testified, you made phone calls, you emailed, you wrote letters. The issue won’t go away, and we made significant progress over last year, but that’s little comfort to the hundreds of families who will suffer grief and loss, and continue to ask: “Is this justice?”