HB1582 Provides for the distribution of the tort victims' compensation fund.
Sponsor: Froelker, James V. (111) Effective Date:00/00/0000
CoSponsor: LR Number: 3773L.02I
Last Action: 01/27/2000 - Referred: Judiciary (H)
HB1582
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HB 1582 -- Tort Victims' Compensation

Sponsor:  Froelker

This bill creates the Legal Services for Low-Income People Fund
which receives, after the fund has a balance of $1 million, 35%
of all payments to the Tort Victims' Compensation Fund.  The
treasurer is authorized to distribute money from the Legal
Services for Low-Income People Fund to legal services
organizations in Missouri that receive federal Legal Services
Corporation funding.  Funds must be allocated according to the
most recent official census data relating to the location of
Missouri residents living at or below the poverty level.  No
attorney may be paid from the legal services fund if the
attorney has not met the pro bono recommendations of the
Missouri Bar Association.

In addition, the bill authorizes the Division of Workers'
Compensation to make awards to uncompensated victims from 65% of
payments to the fund.  Prevailing plaintiffs in civil tort cases
who are unable to collect or enforce judgments are considered
uncompensated tort victims under the bill's provisions.  Awards
may not be greater than the amount determined by the jury for
any plaintiff found to be contributorily or comparatively
negligent.  No award from the fund may exceed $300,000.  The
bill specifies procedures for filing claims and appealing
determinations.  If there are insufficient funds for the
division to pay all claims, the claims must be paid on a pro
rata basis.

The bill also modifies procedures for the Attorney General to
collect 50% of all punitive damage awards.  Cases resolved by
arbitration, mediation, or compromise settlement as well as
attorneys' fees and expenses are not subject to the collection
procedures.


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