(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A proposed bill that would require losers of lawsuits to pay the legal fees of the other party has been dropped at the Statehouse.
The measure had been pushed as part of Governor Mike Pence’s first year agenda. State Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel) withdrew the bill from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday when it became apparent that the votes were not there, the Associated Press reports.
The so-called “loser pays” bill drew the ire of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, who argued that it would discourage many people with legitimate cases from taking their complaints to court.
Delph said he pulled the bill with the blessing of the Pence’s administration.
“They supported my decision to withdraw it, the top priority for the governor this session is to try to get the tax cut passed and that’s certainly going to be my top priority: to help the governor do it. This became somewhat of a distraction to that goal,” Delph said.
The governor’s office has not commented on the proposal’s withdrawal.