The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted 13-5 to pass a class-action reform bill.[@@]
The bill passed by a strong margin despite efforts by some Democrats on the committee to add crippling amendments.
The action clears the way for prompt Senate action. Senate Majority Leader William Frist, R-Tenn., said earlier in the week that he might get the bill to the Senate floor as early as Monday.
The bill nearly passed the Senate in 2004.