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, 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. See who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"
Received in the Senate on May 2, 2012.
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on May 8, 2012, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which only increases the cap to $7,000, and does so gradually over a 12 year period. See who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"