Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Court of Claims Act and the Line of Duty Compensation Act. Provides that in any case for which benefits have not been paid within 6 months of the claim being filed in accordance with the Line of Duty Compensation Act, which is pending as of the effective date of the amendatory Act, and in which there are 2 or more beneficiaries, at least one of whom would receive at least a portion of the total benefit regardless of the manner in which the Court of Claims resolves the claim, the Court shall direct the Comptroller to pay the minimum amount of money which the determinate beneficiary would receive together with all interest payment penalties which have accrued on that portion of the award being paid within 30 days of the effective date of the amendatory Act.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill. Provides that in addition to the interest payments, the Court shall direct the Comptroller to add a "catch-up" payment to the claims of eligible claimants. Provides that for the 2 years immediately following the effective date of the amendatory Act, the Court of Claims shall direct the Comptroller to pay a "Modified-Eligibility Line of Duty Benefit" to eligible late claimants who file a claim for the benefit.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Provides that the Court of Claims rather than the Comptroller shall calculate the interest payment penalty.
Further amends the Court of Claims Act. Provides statements in a preamble concerning assisting Gold Star and Fallen Heroes families. Provides for the Court of Claims to establish a Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance Program to access needs and provide information including a toll free helpline, regarding filing and claims pursuant to the Line of Duty Compensation Act. Defines "Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Family" as the family members of an individual who was killed in the line of duty and who was employed or serving in a capacity defined in the Line of Duty Compensation Act. Provides that the Court of Claims will report annually to the Governor, both houses of the General Assembly, and Department of Veterans' Affairs information concerning the number of Line of Duty Compensation Act claims filed, approved, and pending.