SB 1113: Can I get a witness?

 
CLCV Supported
Passed Assembly 43-25 (8/28/08)
Passed Senate 24-12 (8/31/08)
Signed by the Governor

Expert witnesses are essential to the successful prosecution of many environmental protection cases, and since 1977 the courts have routinely allowed the prevailing party in such lawsuits to recover the cost of expert witnesses as well as attorneys’ fees and related costs. That was until last year, when a lower court claimed that expert witness cost recovery was not allowed by law. SB 1113 (Migden) would have explicitly allowed a court to award attorney's fees and other costs, including expert witness fees, to a successful party in any action that has resulted in the enforcement of an important right affecting the public interest, including environmental protection.

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Sam Aanestad R
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Dick Ackerman R
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Elaine Alquist D
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Roy Ashburn R
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Jim Battin R
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Charles Calderon D
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Gil Cedillo D
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Dave Cogdill R
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Ellen Corbett D
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Lou Correa D
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Dave Cox R
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Jeff Denham R
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Denise Ducheny D
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Bob Dutton R
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Dean Florez D
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Tom Harman R
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Dennis Hollingsworth R
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Christine Kehoe D
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Sheila Kuehl D
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Alan Lowenthal D
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Michael Machado D
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Abel Maldonado R
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Bob Margett R
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Tom McClintock R
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Carole Migden D
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Gloria Negrete McLeod D
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Jenny Oropeza D
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Alex Padilla D
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Don Perata D
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Mark Ridley-Thomas D
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Gloria Romero D
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George Runner R
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Jack Scott D
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Joe Simitian D
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Darrell Steinberg D
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Tom Torlakson D
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Edward Vincent D
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Pat Wiggins D
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Mark Wyland R
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Leland Yee D
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Assemblymember Party Vote
Anthony Adams R
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Greg Aghazarian R
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Joel Anderson R
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Juan Arambula I
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Karen Bass D
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Jim Beall D
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John Benoit R
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Patty Berg D
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Bill Berryhill R
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Sam Blakeslee R
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Julia Brownley D
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Anna Caballero D
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Charles Calderon D
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Wilmer Amina Carter D
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Paul Cook R
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Joe Coto D
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Mike Davis D
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Hector De La Torre D
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Kevin de León D
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Mark DeSaulnier D
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Mike Duvall R
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Mervyn Dymally D
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Bill Emmerson R
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Mike Eng D
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Noreen Evans D
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Mike Feuer D
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Felipe Fuentes D
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Jean Fuller R
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Warren Furutani D
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Ted Gaines R
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Cathleen Galgiani D
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Bonnie Garcia R
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Martin Garrick R
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Loni Hancock D
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Mary Hayashi D
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Edward P. Hernandez D
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Jerome Horton D
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Guy Houston R
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Bob Huff R
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Jared Huffman D
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Kevin Jeffries R
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Dave Jones D
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Dave Jones D
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Betty Karnette D
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Rick Keene R
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Paul Krekorian D
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John Laird D
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Doug LaMalfa R
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Mark Leno D
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Lloyd Levine D
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Sally Lieber D
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Ted Lieu D
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Fiona Ma D
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Bill Maze R
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Tony Mendoza D
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Gene Mullin D
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Alan Nakanishi R
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Pedro Nava D
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Roger Niello R
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Fabian Núñez D
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Excused
Nicole Parra D
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George Plescia R
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Anthony Portantino D
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Curren Price D
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George Runner R
Excused
Excused
Ira Ruskin D
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Mary Salas D
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Lori Saldaña D
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Jim Silva R
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Cameron Smyth R
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Jose Solorio D
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Nell Soto D
Excused
Excused
Todd Spitzer R
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Audra Strickland R
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Sandré Swanson D
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Alberto Torrico D
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Van Tran R
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Mike Villines R
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Mimi Walters R
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Lois Wolk D
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