Intoxicated drivers; punitive damages for persons injured. (SB1498)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Punitive damages for persons injured by intoxicated drivers; evidence. Extends to blood tests performed pursuant to a search warrant the rebuttable presumption in civil cases for punitive damages for injuries caused by intoxicated drivers that provides that a person's blood alcohol level demonstrated by a test performed pursuant to the implied consent statute is at least as high as the driver's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2017Presented and ordered printed 17100598D
01/18/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/01/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Read second time
02/06/2017Reading of amendments waived
02/06/2017Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/2017Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1498E
02/06/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2017Printed as engrossed 17100598D-E
02/08/2017Placed on Calendar
02/08/2017Read first time
02/08/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2017Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
02/13/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/20/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Committee substitute printed 17105587D-H1
02/21/2017Read second time
02/22/2017Read third time
02/22/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17105587D-H1
02/22/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1498H1
02/22/2017Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Title replaced 17105587D-H1
03/07/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1498ER)
03/07/2017Signed by Speaker
03/10/2017Signed by President
03/13/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/13/17
03/13/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/20/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 671 (effective 7/1/17)
03/20/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0671)