AIM's top tort reform bill advances
January 18, 2022 - The Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee today voted to advance SB 631, sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman, a top priority tort reform bill for Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM).
The Committee amended the original bill to include provisions clarifying the special statute of limitations provided in the COVID liability protection bill would not expire with the rest of the provisions in the bill (would have expired in 4 years with other provisions of the bill), and adding the statute of limitations regarding uninsured motorist claims would be 2 years, the same as other personal injury claims under the bill.
The Committee vote was initially 3-1, but the Chairman will allow other senators to register their votes as long as it does not change the outcome of the vote.
"Missouri has been an outlier for far too long and it is good to see we are finally addressing the length of time allowed for bringing personal injury lawsuits in the State of Missouri," said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of AIM.
After the bill is reported to the Senate floor, t
he bill will be placed on a calendar for consideration by the full Senate.