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HB 65 — Civil Remedies for Terrorism

by Reps. Fischer, White, and others (SB 898 by Senators Simmons and Artiles)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Judiciary Committee (JU)

The bill creates a civil cause of action for a person who is injured by an act of terrorism or by a violation of a law that facilitates or furthers an act of terrorism. A prevailing plaintiff is entitled to a minimum of $1,000 in damages or three times the actual damages sustained, and reasonable attorney fees and court costs at the trial and appellate levels.

In contrast, a defendant is entitled to recover reasonable attorney fees and court costs at the trial and appellate levels if it is determined that the claimant raised a claim that is not supported by the facts or law.

Anyone who participates in the act of terrorism and is injured may not bring a claim under the cause of action authorized by the bill.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2017.

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 114-0