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 Bill Status of SB2481  100th General Assembly


Short Description:  COURT OF CLAIMS AWARD LIMITS

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Michael E. Hastings - Thomas Cullerton - Michael Connelly, Omar Aquino, Laura M. Murphy and Cristina Castro

House Sponsors
(Rep. Al Riley - Stephanie A. Kifowit - Linda Chapa LaVia - Thaddeus Jones, Justin Slaughter, Michael Halpin, Robert Rita, Jonathan Carroll, Kathleen Willis, Sonya M. Harper, Litesa E. Wallace and Carol Ammons)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  6/29/2018SenateSent to the Governor

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
705 ILCS 505/8from Ch. 37, par. 439.8


Synopsis As Introduced
Provides that the amendatory Act may be referred to as the Commitment to Justice Act and includes legislative findings. Amends the Court of Claims Act. Removes the $100,000 limit on awards in tort cases. Provides that the changes apply to cases filed on or after July 1, 2015. Effective immediately.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 2
Adds reference to:
705 ILCS 505/16from Ch. 37, par. 439.16
705 ILCS 505/18from Ch. 37, par. 439.18
705 ILCS 505/21from Ch. 37, par. 439.21
705 ILCS 505/22from Ch. 37, par. 439.22
705 ILCS 505/24from Ch. 37, par. 439.24

Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Court of Claims Act. Increases the maximum award for certain claims sounding in tort filed on or after July 1, 2015 from $100,000 to $2,000,000. Provides that the court shall annually adjust the maximum awards to reflect the increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers for the previous calendar year, as determined by the United States Department of Labor. Provides that Comptroller shall make the new amount resulting from each annual adjustment available to the public via the Comptroller's official website by January 31 of every year. Provides that the signature of one judge is binding if a decision is entered in a lapsed appropriation claim in which a motion or stipulation has been filed or a decision is entered on a Crime Victims Compensation Act claim. Deletes language providing that in matters involving the award of emergency funds under the Crime Victims Compensation Act, the decision of one judge is necessary to award emergency funds. Provides that from funds appropriated by the General Assembly, the court may direct immediate payment of claims against the State for unjust imprisonment. Adds applicability and severability language and makes other changes. Effective immediately.

House Floor Amendment No. 2
Deletes reference to:
705 ILCS 505/16
705 ILCS 505/21

Deletes changes providing: that the signature of one judge is binding if a decision is entered in a lapsed appropriation claim in which a motion or stipulation has been filed or a decision is entered on a Crime Victims Compensation Act claim; and that the court may impose a fee of $15 for the filing of a petition in which the award sought is less than $1,000 (instead of more than $50 and less than $1,000).

 State Debt Impact Note (Government Forecasting & Accountability)
 This bill would not change the amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore, would not affect the level of State indebtedness.

 Pension Note (Government Forecasting & Accountability)
 This bill would not impact any public pension fund or retirement system in Illinois.

 Judicial Note (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
 This bill would neither increase nor decrease the number of judges needed in the State of Illinois.

 Fiscal Note (Court of Claims)
 The amendment to section 8 will likely require the additional expenditure of State funds, in that it proposes to raise the tort liability limit on non-vehicle lawsuits against the State. The bill proposes an effective date of July 1, 2015. The Court cannot forecast whether cases pending since July 1, 2015 will result in an award to Claimant. Likewise, the Court does not know the fiscal impact of yet-to-be-filed cases where awards will be made. The amendment to section 22(g) will likely require the additional expenditure of State funds. The Court currently has 36 Claimants with cases involving lost warrants, totaling $28,000.00. These are currently postured for denial. Most of these would likely be payable, if this bill is passed. None of the other sections have any fiscal impact

 Housing Affordability Impact Note (Housing Development Authority)
 This bill will have no effect on the cost of constructing, purchasing, owning, or selling a single-family residence.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  1/30/2018SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Michael E. Hastings
  1/30/2018SenateFirst Reading
  1/30/2018SenateReferred to Assignments
  2/7/2018SenateAssigned to Judiciary
  2/15/2018SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino
  4/6/2018SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Michael E. Hastings
  4/6/2018SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  4/10/2018SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Pursuant to Senate Rule 3-8(b-1), this amendment will remain in the Committee on Assignments.
  4/10/2018SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Thomas Cullerton
  4/11/2018SenatePostponed - Judiciary
  4/11/2018SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Michael Connelly
  4/13/2018SenateRule 2-10 Committee Deadline Established As April 27, 2018
  4/17/2018SenateDo Pass Judiciary; 011-000-000
  4/17/2018SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading
  4/18/2018SenateSecond Reading
  4/18/2018SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 19, 2018
  4/18/2018SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Michael E. Hastings
  4/18/2018SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Assignments
  4/23/2018SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 2 Assignments Refers to Judiciary
  4/24/2018SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommend Do Adopt Judiciary; 011-000-000
  4/24/2018SenateRecalled to Second Reading
  4/24/2018SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted; Hastings
  4/24/2018SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading
  4/24/2018SenateThird Reading - Passed; 050-000-001
  4/25/2018HouseArrived in House
  4/25/2018HouseChief House Sponsor Rep. Al Riley
  4/25/2018HouseFirst Reading
  4/25/2018HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  5/9/2018HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/9/2018HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Thaddeus Jones
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Justin Slaughter
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Michael Halpin
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Robert Rita
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Jonathan Carroll
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Kathleen Willis
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Sonya M. Harper
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Litesa E. Wallace
  5/10/2018HouseAdded Alternate Co-Sponsor Rep. Carol Ammons
  5/14/2018HouseAssigned to Executive Committee
  5/15/2018HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Al Riley
  5/15/2018HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  5/16/2018HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Rules Refers to Executive Committee
  5/18/2018HouseFinal Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 25, 2018
  5/24/2018HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Executive Committee; 007-004-000
  5/24/2018HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Tabled Pursuant to Rule 40
  5/24/2018HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  5/24/2018HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Al Riley
  5/24/2018HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
  5/24/2018HouseFiscal Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseState Mandates Fiscal Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseBalanced Budget Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseCorrectional Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseHome Rule Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseHousing Affordability Impact Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseJudicial Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseLand Conveyance Appraisal Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HousePension Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseState Debt Impact Note Requested by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/24/2018HouseState Debt Impact Note Filed
  5/24/2018HousePension Note Filed
  5/24/2018HouseJudicial Note Filed
  5/24/2018HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  5/24/2018HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  5/25/2018HouseFiscal Note Requested by Rep. Tom Demmer
  5/25/2018HouseFiscal Note Filed
  5/25/2018HouseHousing Affordability Impact Note Filed
  5/25/2018HouseFinal Action Deadline Extended-9(b) May 31, 2018
  5/28/2018HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 004-000-000
  5/28/2018HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  5/28/2018HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  5/28/2018HouseState Mandates Fiscal Note Requested - Withdrawn by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/28/2018HouseBalanced Budget Note Requested - Withdrawn by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/28/2018HouseCorrectional Note Requested - Withdrawn by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/28/2018HouseHome Rule Note Requested - Withdrawn by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/28/2018HouseLand Conveyance Appraisal Note Requested - Withdrawn by Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit
  5/30/2018HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  5/30/2018HouseRemoved from Short Debate Status
  5/30/2018HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Standard Debate
  5/30/2018HouseThird Reading - Standard Debate - Passed 079-033-002
  5/30/2018SenateSecretary's Desk - Concurrence House Amendment(s) 2
  5/30/2018SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of Concurrence House Amendment(s) 2 - May 30, 2018
  5/30/2018SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Filed with Secretary Sen. Michael E. Hastings
  5/30/2018SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Referred to Assignments
  5/31/2018SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion to Concur Assignments Referred to Executive
  5/31/2018SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Motion To Concur Recommended Do Adopt Executive; 011-003-000
  5/31/2018SenateHouse Floor Amendment No. 2 Senate Concurs 042-007-000
  5/31/2018SenateSenate Concurs
  5/31/2018SenatePassed Both Houses
  5/31/2018SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy
  6/29/2018SenateSent to the Governor
  7/2/2018SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Cristina Castro

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