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Thursday, July 21, 2016

FOIA Fine Provision Removed from Molly's Law

In February, we reported on Molly's law (HB 6083). The bill, as initially introduced, would have addressed two very different issues: (1) it would expand the time-frame for filing a wrongful death lawsuit and (2) it would amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to significantly increase the penalties for violations. The bill has been modified significantly since it was introduced, and that modified version of the bill was signed by the Governor this week as PA 99-587.

What is of most interest to local government entities is that the final version of the legislation removed all of the language relating to an increase in FOIA penalties. So, as passed, Molly's Law only deals with the Wrongful Death Act.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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