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Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

Both wrongful death bills expanding city tort liability pass out of committee

SB 6015 and its companion, HB 2262, have passed out of their policy committees ahead of the committee cutoff deadline on Feb. 2. The Senate Law & Justice Committee passed a substitute version of SB 6015. The substitute version removed the expansion of damages for future losses under a special survival action. SB 6015 had a hearing in Senate Ways & Means Committee and must pass out of that committee before the fiscal committee cutoff date on Tuesday, February 6 to stay alive.

The House Judiciary Committee passed a substitute version of HB 2262. The bill has not been scheduled for a fiscal committee in the House.

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; and
  • Clarifies noneconomic damages.

AWC opposes these bills as they would significantly increase cities’ claims and defense costs. If you haven’t already, please consider reaching out to your legislators and voice your opposition.

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