Immunity of persons; statements regarding matters of public concern communicated to a third party.

Bill

Status

House: Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 4-N)

Date Updated

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

VPA Position

Description

Adds defamation to the causes of action from which a citizen shall be immune when making statements (i) regarding matters of public concern, as defined in the bill, to a third party or (ii) at a public hearing before the governing body of any locality or other political subdivision, or the boards, commissions, agencies, and authorities thereof, and other governing bodies of any local governmental entity. The bill changes from permissive to mandatory the provision that reasonable attorney fees and costs be awarded to any individual who has a suit against him dismissed pursuant to such immunity. The bill requires the court to give priority on its docket to any pleading brought invoking such immunity.

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