Part Two of Molly’s Law Passes Committee – FOIA Changes

Springfield….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) announced on Thursday that HB 4715, which is the second piece of “Molly’s Law” passed unanimously out of the House Judiciary Civil Law Committee. The 7-0 vote on 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 these two laws to help families that may find themselves in a similar situation as the Young’s 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 for these 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.

Bryant says she expects a vote on HB 4715 from the full House tomorrow. 

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