A consumer attorney-backed bill seeking to reinstate third party bad faith suits against insurers passed 6-1 along partisan lines in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

However, Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Montebello, the author of SB 1237, took a number of amendments just to get her bill through its first committee, including agreeing to drop a controversial provision that would have made workers’ compensation settlements newly subject to civil suits.

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