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Published on Monday, January 22, 2018

Both chambers have heard and are considering expansion of wrongful death liability proposals

The Senate Committee on Law & Justice heard SB 6015, and is scheduled for executive session on Thursday, January 25 at 10 am. A new version is being considered which would remove the expansion of damages for future losses under a special survival action. The companion bill, HB 2262, has also been heard and is awaiting action in the House Judiciary Committee.

The bills would amend the current wrongful death statutes in a few important ways:

  • Removes dependency requirements for claimants;
  • Allows parents to bring an action for children over 18 years old;
  • Expands noneconomic covered damages; and more.

AWC opposes this bill as it would significantly increase a city’s liability and costs associated with these claims.

Contact: Loan Bahr or Shannon McClelland.

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