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HB 790 Homestead exemption; bankruptcy exemptions.

Introduced by: Marcus B. Simon | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Homestead exemption; bankruptcy exemptions. Makes various changes to homestead exemptions, including providing that the official schedule of property claimed exempt filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court in a bankruptcy proceeding constitutes a sufficient writing to exempt such real and personal property from creditor process. The bill also provides that a householder may hold exempt from creditor process real or personal property that the householder or his dependent uses as a principal residence not exceeding $25,000 in value. The bill requires that the dollar amounts of the homestead exemption shall be adjusted triennially based on the United States Average Consumer Price Index.

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HB 759 Strategic lawsuits against public participation; special motion to dismiss; stay of discovery.

Introduced by: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Strategic lawsuits against public participation; special motion to dismiss; stay of discovery; special motion to quash; fees and costs. Establishes a procedure by which a party alleging that a claim filed against him is a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP), as defined in the bill, may file a special motion to dismiss within 45 days after service of such a claim. The bill provides that the filing of such a special motion to dismiss shall stay discovery proceedings related to the claim, pending the entry of an order adjudicating the special motion to dismiss, unless the court allows limited and specific discovery for good cause shown. The bill further establishes a special motion to quash procedure for persons whose personal identifying information is sought pursuant to a discovery order, request, or subpoena in connection with an alleged SLAPP. The bill provides

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HB 675 License restrictions for minors; use of handheld personal communications devices.

HB 675 License restrictions for minors; use of handheld personal communications devices. Introduced by: Roxann L. Robinson | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: License restrictions for minors; use of handheld personal communications devices. Clarifies that the prohibition on the use of a wireless communications device by the holder of a provisional driver's license applies whether or not the device is being used for communication purposes. The bill exempts the use of applications for solely navigation purposes and global positioning systems provided that the driver does not enter information into or manually manipulate the device or system while operating the vehicle

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HB 675 License restrictions for minors; use of handheld personal communications devices.

Introduced by: Roxann L. Robinson | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: License restrictions for minors; use of handheld personal communications devices. Clarifies that the prohibition on the use of a wireless communications device by the holder of a provisional driver's license applies whether or not the device is being used for communication purposes. The bill exempts the use of applications for solely navigation purposes and global positioning systems provided that the driver does not enter information into or manually manipulate the device or system while operating the vehicle.

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HB 616 Vehicle headlights; required to be lighted.

Introduced by: Kenneth R. Plum | all patrons ... notes | add to my profiles SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED: Vehicle headlights; required to be lighted. Requires every vehicle in operation to display lighted headlights. Currently headlights are required to be lighted only (i) from sunset to sunrise; (ii) during any other time when, because of rain, smoke, fog, snow, sleet, insufficient light, or other unfavorable atmospheric conditions, visibility is reduced to a degree whereby persons or vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet; and (iii) whenever windshield wipers are in use as a result of fog, rain, sleet, or snow. The bill removes provisions making the failure to display lighted headlights when windshield wipers are in use as a result of fog rain, sleet, or snow (a) a secondary offense, (b) subject to no demerit points being assessed, and (c) not a defense to any claim for personal injury or recovery of medical expenses for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

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