Looks like the Senate leadership is killing this bill in kommittee without a vote on the floor. See, our earlier posting on HB 403 and the need to update the law - Kentucky Senate Owes State's Widows an "Up or Down" Vote on Widows' loss of companionship bill".
Here is the Herald Leader story. Here's a revolutionary idea. Call your Senator and let him know you want an "up or down" vote on this bill.
All the bill (HB 403) says is that a widow MAY recover up to $150,000 if and only if their spouse is wrongfully killed in an accident and thus permitting not only the widows of Flight 5191 to recover a small sum against the airline, the mine widows the same, and anyone else who loses their spouse killed by another's wrongful act.
The amount is not that high, the attorneys fees are capped, and children already are entitled to this same recovery for the loss of their parent's companionship when the parent is wrongfully killed. However, the law denies their mother for the same loss of her husband's companionship.
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Ask your senator to put the bill up for a vote.
The bill that would allow surviving spouses to sue for loss of companionship appears to be dead, despite impassioned pleas and sharp rhetoric from spouses of those lost in the Comair Flight 5191 and Harlan County mine disasters.
Sen. Charlie Borders, R-Grayson, who chairs the Senate budget committee, says he has no plans to hear House Bill 403.
"In my opinion, that bill is dead for this session," Borders said yesterday.