Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Comment Bill Draws Support.

Byline: Steve Shoup Journal Staff Writer

Proposal Bans Suits Over Public Opinion

Rio Rancho City Councilor Felicie Truscio said she is urging residents to ask their legislators to support a bill to ban lawsuits aimed at stifling public opinion on certain projects.

"I would encourage people in my area to contact their state representatives and state senators to support the bill," Truscio said Wednesday.

Truscio introduced a bill to the council Jan. 24 seeking the council's support for legislation against the lawsuits, sometimes known as "Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation," or SLAPP.

Some companies file lawsuits intending that the expense and time involved in defending against the suit will quash opposition, Truscio said last month. …

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