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2014 Senate Bill 981: Ban divorce lawyer “ambulance chasing”
  1. Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on June 11, 2014, to prohibit a lawyer from soliciting business from a party to a divorce action within 30 days after proof of service in the action was filed with the court, punishable by fines of $30,000, and $60,000 for subsequent violations.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 11, 2014.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 18, 2014, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on September 30, 2014. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on September 30, 2014.
  2. Passed 35 to 1 in the Senate on October 1, 2014, to prohibit a lawyer from soliciting business from a party to a divorce action within 14 days after proof of service in the action was filed with the court, punishable by fines of $1,000 and $5,000 for subsequent violations.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on October 2, 2014.
    • Referred to the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee on October 2, 2014.

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