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 Bill Status of HB1798  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  WRONGFUL DEATH-GRIEF DAMAGES

House Sponsors
Rep. James D. Brosnahan - Mary E. Flowers - John A. Fritchey - Greg Harris - Kevin A. McCarthy, Kevin Joyce, Richard T. Bradley, Linda Chapa LaVia, Elga L. Jefferies, Susana A Mendoza, Maria Antonia Berrios, Cynthia Soto and Eddie Washington

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Kwame Raoul - Martin A. Sandoval - Iris Y. Martinez - Jacqueline Y. Collins and Kimberly A. Lightford)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  5/31/2007HousePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 95-0003

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
740 ILCS 180/2from Ch. 70, par. 2


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wrongful Death Act. Provides that the jury may award damages for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering to the surviving spouse and next of kin of the deceased. Provides that any amount reduced from a contributorily negligent beneficiary's share of damages shall be distributed to the other beneficiaries in proportion to their respective degrees of dependency. Deletes language regarding limitations on the amount of damages. Applies to causes of action accruing on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Effective immediately.

 Judicial Note (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
 Based on a review of the bill it has been determined that the bill would neither increase nor decrease the number of judges needed in the State.

 Fiscal Note (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
 Based on a review of the bill it has been determined that this legislation would have no fiscal impact on the judicial branch of State government.

 State Mandates Fiscal Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
 It is the opinion of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that this legislation does not create a State mandate under the State Mandates Act.

House Floor Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with substantially similar provisions that: (1) provide that a jury in a wrongful death action may award damages for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering to the surviving spouse and next of kin of the deceased; (2) delete language regarding limitations on the amount of damages for deaths occurring in 1967 or before; and (3) provide that the change allowing for the award of damages for grief, sorrow, and mental suffering apply to causes of action accruing on or after the effective date. Effective immediately.

 State Mandates Fiscal Note, House Floor Amendment No. 1 (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
 It is the opinion of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that this legislation does not create a State mandate under the State Mandates Act.

 Judicial Note, House Floor Amendment No. 1 (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
 HB 1798 (H-AM 1) would neither increase nor decrease the number of judges needed in the State.

 Fiscal Note, House Floor Amendment No. 1 (Admin Office of the Illinois Courts)
 HB 1798 (H-AM 1) would have no fiscal impact on the judicial branch of State government.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/23/2007HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. John A. Fritchey
  2/23/2007HouseFirst Reading
  2/23/2007HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/27/2007HouseAssigned to Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee
  3/14/2007HouseDo Pass / Short Debate Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee; 008-006-000
  3/14/2007HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  3/15/2007HouseFiscal Note Requested by Rep. Brent Hassert
  3/15/2007HouseState Mandates Fiscal Note Requested by Rep. Brent Hassert
  3/15/2007HouseJudicial Note Requested by Rep. Brent Hassert
  3/21/2007HouseJudicial Note Filed
  3/27/2007HouseFiscal Note Filed
  3/28/2007HouseState Mandates Fiscal Note Filed
  4/18/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. James D. Brosnahan
  4/18/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
  4/18/2007HouseChief Sponsor Changed to Rep. James D. Brosnahan
  4/18/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mary E. Flowers
  4/18/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. John A. Fritchey
  4/19/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris
  4/19/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Kevin A. McCarthy
  4/19/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Kevin Joyce
  4/19/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Richard T. Bradley
  4/19/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
  4/23/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Recommends Be Adopted Rules Committee; 003-000-000
  4/24/2007HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/24/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Adopted by Voice Vote
  4/24/2007HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Short Debate
  4/24/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Fiscal Note Requested as Amended by Rep. William B. Black
  4/24/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 State Mandates Fiscal Note Requested as Amended by Rep. William B. Black
  4/24/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Judicial Note Requested as Amended by Rep. William B. Black
  4/24/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 State Mandates Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
  4/25/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Judicial Note Filed as Amended
  4/25/2007HouseHouse Floor Amendment No. 1 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
  4/25/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Elga L. Jefferies
  4/26/2007HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  4/26/2007HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  4/27/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Susana A Mendoza
  4/27/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios
  4/27/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Cynthia Soto
  4/27/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Eddie Washington
  4/27/2007HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 063-052-000
  4/27/2007HouseVerified
  5/1/2007SenateArrive in Senate
  5/1/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading
  5/1/2007SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Kwame Raoul
  5/1/2007SenateFirst Reading
  5/1/2007SenateReferred to Rules
  5/1/2007SenateAdded as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Martin A. Sandoval
  5/2/2007SenateAdded as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
  5/2/2007SenateAssigned to Judiciary Civil Law
  5/8/2007SenateAdded as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford
  5/15/2007SenateDo Pass Judiciary Civil Law; 006-004-000
  5/15/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 16, 2007
  5/16/2007SenateSecond Reading
  5/16/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 17, 2007
  5/17/2007SenateAdded as Alternate Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
  5/17/2007SenateVerified
  5/17/2007SenateThird Reading - Passed; 031-023-000
  5/17/2007HousePassed Both Houses
  5/22/2007HouseSent to the Governor
  5/31/2007HouseGovernor Approved
  5/31/2007HouseEffective Date May 31, 2007
  5/31/2007HousePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 95-0003

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