Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol...

VOTES IN CONGRESS

April 30, 1995|By Roll Call Report Syndicate

Here is how members of Maryland's delegation on Capitol Hill were recorded on important roll-call votes last week. There were no House votes:

Y: YES N: NO X: NOT VOTING

SENATE: LAWYERS

By a vote of 45 for and 52 against, the Senate failed to table an amendment to a pending product liability bill (HR 956). The effect of the vote was to approve the amendment, which requires lawyers in federal litigation to formally explain their billing procedures to clients at the beginning and end of a case. For example, lawyers planning to bill by the hour must provide a written estimate of their total charges over the course of the litigation. Also, they must state in writing their plans to seek a settlement as opposed to going to trial, among other provisions.

A yes vote opposed the amendment to require written billing disclosures by lawyers.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: LEGAL FEES

By a vote of 94-3, the Senate tabled (killed) a proposal to limit attorneys' fees in civil cases to $50 an hour. The amendment was offered to a separate measure (above) requiring billing disclosures by lawyers. This occurred during debate on a bill (HR 956) to largely federalize the product liability laws of the 50 states. The bill, which remained in debate, was passed by the House in March as part of its Contract With America.

A yes vote was to limit lawyers' fees to a maximum of $50 an hour in civil cases.

Y N X Member

Y * * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

Y * * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

SENATE: FRIVOLOUS SUITS

By a vote of 56-37, the Senate adopted an amendment to HR 956 (above) concerning trivial lawsuits. According to its backers, the amendment makes the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure more of a deterrent against frivolous suits. Opponents said Rule 11 of the federal rules, affirmed by Congress two years ago, already is strict enough to deter unnecessary suits without suppressing potentially valid claims.

A yes vote supported the amendment.

Y N X Member

* N * Mikulski, Barbara A., D

* N * Sarbanes, Paul S., D

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