Panel approves cap on aviator product lawsuits

PIERRE (AP) � A panel of lawmakers has approved Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposal to attract aviation companies by placing a 10-year limit on product liability suits.

The House State Affairs Committee approved the bill Wednesday.

The 10-year cap on lawsuits would protect companies that make airplanes or aircraft parts from being sued if the parts are later found to be defective.

The governor and state officials say the cap would help bring in aviation companies and new jobs. Supporters say the legislation is modeled after similar laws in Kansas.

A lobbyist for the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association spoke against the bill, telling lawmakers he was worried about a "slippery slope effect."

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