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 Bill Status of HB4251 General Assembly


House Sponsors
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch - Terri Bryant - Curtis J. Tarver, II - Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Kambium Buckner

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/13/2021HouseSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
755 ILCS 5/2-6.1 new

Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Descent and Distribution Article of the Probate Act of 1975. Creates Pam's Law. Provides that a person who intentionally and unjustifiably causes the death of another is disqualified from being: (1) a personal representative of the decedent; (2) the executor or administrator of the decedent's estate; and (3) the person who has the right to determine the method for disposing of the body. Provides that in any case in which a preponderance of the evidence shows that the surviving spouse or next of kin caused the death of another, the court may disqualify the spouse or next of kin on an interim basis and appoint a special administrator for the limited purpose of investigating, presenting, and proving a claim. Provides that the Act applies retroactively to any death caused by intentional and unjustifiable means that is still subject to prosecution under any applicable criminal statute of limitations.

DateChamber Action
  1/24/2020HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch
  1/27/2020HouseFirst Reading
  1/27/2020HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  1/28/2020HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Terri Bryant
  2/18/2020HouseAssigned to Judiciary - Civil Committee
  2/26/2020HouseTo Family Law Subcommittee
  3/4/2020HouseRecommends Do Pass Subcommittee/ Judiciary - Civil Committee; 009-000-000
  3/4/2020HouseReported Back To Judiciary - Civil Committee;
  3/4/2020HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Judiciary - Civil Committee; 013-000-000
  3/4/2020HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  3/5/2020HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II
  3/5/2020HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
  3/12/2020HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kambium Buckner
  6/23/2020HouseRule 19(b) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
  1/13/2021HouseSession Sine Die

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