Molly’s Law making its way through IL legislature

After announcing new legislation in February that would expand the statute of limitations for families/parties to file wrongful death lawsuits in Illinois, Molly’s Law won approval by House members this week.  Molly Young, who lived in Carbondale, was found dead in an apartment in 2012. To read more about the case, click here.

IL State Rep. Terri Bryant released this update on her website:

State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) announced on Friday that HB 4715, which is the second piece of Molly’s Law, passed unanimously out of the House. The unanimous passage of part two of Molly’s Law is consistent with the previous unanimous Committee and House support that Bryant received for HB 6083, which was part one of Molly’s Law.

"I want to thank my colleagues in the House for their attention to Molly’s case," Bryant said.

"I was proud to sponsor Molly’s Law to help families that, God forbid, may find themselves in a similar situation as the Young family in the future. 

The changes contained in HB 6083 and HB 4715 are a direct response to the circumstances that occurred during Molly’s case, so to receive unanimous support from my colleagues in the House for these important changes is very encouraging." 

Part one of Molly’s Law is contained in HB 6083. That bill would change the statute of limitations for interested parties to file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their loved one from 2 to 5 years after the discovery of evidence that supports the assertion that a violent act lead to the death of the individual. That bill received unanimous Committee and House of Representatives support and now awaits action in the Senate.

Part two of Molly’s Law is reflected in HB 4715, and contains important changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill would change the current fine for public bodies that violate court orders to release information under FOIA from the current maximum fine of $5000 to $10000. It also adds an additional fine of $1000 for every day after 30 days that a public body is in violation of the court order as well.

Having passed the House 107-0, the bill moves to the Senate for consideration.

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