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SB 396 — Nonresident Plaintiffs in Civil Actions

by Senator Bradley

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 repeals a current requirement that a nonresident plaintiff in a civil action post a $100 bond to secure the payment of court costs that may be adjudged against the plaintiff. The requirement applied to plaintiffs who were not residents of the state at the time of filing a lawsuit or who became nonresidents after filing a lawsuit. The repealed bond requirement dates back to 1828, when the state was still a territory.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2016.

Vote: Senate 37-0; House 117-0