ATRA Applauds Alan Wilson for Signing 2018 Transparency Code Pledge
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today praised South Carolina attorney general candidate Alan Wilson for embracing good-government principles by signing ATRA’s 2018 Transparency Code pledge and for his promise to support some version of the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting (TiPAC) model legislation supported by ATRA.
“By signing our pledge, Alan Wilson proved that he is committed to transparent, accountable government,” said ATRA president Tiger Joyce. “We are still awaiting a response from the other candidate running in the election and are hopeful we will receive a favorable response soon,” added Joyce.
ATRA developed the Transparency Code as a collection of model policies that should govern the use of outside counsel by state attorneys general. ATRA is committed to working with state and local leaders to improve national competitiveness by removing the excessive barriers our civil justice system poses to economic developments and job creation. Naturally, attorneys general play an important role in these efforts as states’ head officer.
Such officers need the discretion and independence to enforce the laws of their respective states free from the influence of parties that may have a private interest in the outcome of litigation. Therefore, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has asked both candidates in the South Carolina attorney general race to sign a transparency code pledge.
“In every instance, the attorney general should seek to provide the highest quality services at the best value to state citizens when contracting with outside counsel,” said Joyce. “The signing of this pledge is critical to bringing transparency and accountability to the post of attorney general in the state of South Carolina.”
“Many states have already passed laws which reflect the principles of the Transparency Code,” said Joyce. “We hope to build on these best practices by working with the next attorney general of South Carolina to support enactment of this important reform in 2019.”
The American Tort Reform Association, based in Washington, D.C., is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to tort and liability reform through public education and the enactment of legislation. Its members include nonprofit organizations and small and large companies, as well as trade, business and professional associations from the state and national level.