Bryant: Part One of Molly’s Law Passes Committee Unanimously

Springfield…State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) received unanimous support from the House Judiciary Civil Law committee in Springfield today for a measure aimed at increasing the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Bryant, who introduced “Molly’s Law” in February, thanked Molly’s father Larry Young for testifying before the Committee today.

Rep. Bryant and Larry Young testify in favor of HB 6083
before the House Judiciary Civil Committee today.

“Today is an important day for Mr. Young, and for the entire Justice for Molly movement,” Bryant said. “I want to thank Larry for traveling to Springfield to testify alongside other supporters of Justice for Molly to help pass HB 6083 out of Committee. I will continue working with Larry and my colleagues in the House to pass this bill over to the Senate and ultimately gain the Governor’s signature.”

For his part, Larry Young spoke of his four-year effort to build Justice for Molly into a globally recognized movement, and urged further work on laws to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act to help families in situations like the one he and his family faced.

“I want to thank Representative Bryant for helping my family and the supporters of Justice for Molly fix a flaw in the wrongful death lawsuit statute,” Mr. Young told the committee. “Delays, obstructions, and road blocks in the law caused the clock for wrongful death lawsuits to run out on my family, and the subject of our wrongful death lawsuit has never faced the court system, even though substantial evidence exists that a wrongful death occurred in Molly’s case.”

As amended, HB 6083 will extend the statute of limitations for wrongful death cases to 5 years, instead of 2 as is the current law. During the Committee hearing today, Bryant and Young also urged members of the Committee to help to pass another bill, HB 4715, which makes significant changes to the Freedom of Information Act.

Having passed the Committee with unanimous support, HB 6083 now moves to the House floor for consideration.