SENATE BILL 5263
State of Washington
2021 Regular Session
BySenators Frockt, Pedersen, Das, Hasegawa, Hunt, Kuderer, Liias, Saldaña, Wellman, and Wilson, C.
Read first time 01/18/21.Referred to Committee on Law & Justice.
AN ACT Relating to defenses in personal injury and wrongful death actions where the person injured or killed was committing a felony; amending RCW 4.24.420
; and creating a new section.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
and 1987 c 212 s 901 are each amended to read as follows:
It is a complete defense to any action for damages for personal injury or wrongful death that the person injured or killed ((was engaged in the commission))has been convicted of a class A or a class B felony ((at the time of the occurrence causing the injury or death and the felony))the commission of which was a proximate cause of the injury or death. However, nothing in this section shall affect a right of action under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. This act is remedial and applies retroactively to all claims or causes of action commenced prior to or after the effective date of this section regardless of when the claim or cause of action arose.
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