New York’s Governor Must Decide by Year’s End to Sign or Veto New Wrongful Death LegislationOn December 6, 2022 by Schnader in Publications
Cary Stewart Sklaren published an alert, “New York’s Governor Must Decide by Year’s End to Sign or Veto New Wrongful Death Legislation.”
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has begun her review of legislation passed by the New York State legislature to determine what bills she will sign and what she will veto by December 31, 2022. One of these bills, which has been the subject of much controversy, deals with categories of awards of damages available to the persons for whose benefit an action for wrongful death is filed. It also extends the basic wrongful death statute of limitations from two years to three years and six months after the decedent’s death. A copy of the bill is at S74A (nysenate.gov). The new law, if signed, will take effect immediately, and will apply to all pending wrongful death actions (as to the potential damages), and to all actions commenced after the effective date.