Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on October 19, 2011
Reported in the House on April 19, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on April 26, 2012 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that only increases the cap to $7,000, and does so gradually over a 12 year period.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 26, 2012
Passed 107 to 2 in the House on May 1, 2012. See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".To gradually increase the maximum amount that may be recovered in small claims court from $3,000 to $7,000, with the increase coming in several steps from 2012 through 2024. In small claims court actions a lawyer is neither required or allowed, which makes them more accessible to regular people; as introduced the bill would have increased the cap to $10,000 immediately.