Contact your Senators to urge them to vote NO on HB 113, the Local
Government Tort Claims Act. This bill will be on third reader on the
Senate floor tomorrow, Friday, April 10.
As amended by the Senate, HB 113 increases the caps under the Local
Government Tort Claims Act from $200,000 to $500,000 per individual
claim and from $500,000 to $1,000,000 for all claims arising from the
same incident. The amended bill also extends the notification period for
which a local government is to be notified of a claim from 6 months to
Tort actions against local governments are capped because counties,
cities, and towns use taxpayer dollars to litigate claims brought
against them. The bill as amended will have significant negative
effects on county and municipal governments.
Increasing the caps and extending the notification period could have
severe fiscal consequences. The caps are important because:
The Local Government Tort Claims Act strikes an appropriate balance
between plaintiffs’ rights and protections for local governments and
local taxpayers against crippling court awards.
Contact you Senators and urge them to vote NO on the bill as amended by the Senate.
MACo’s Testimony for HB 113
MACo Contact: Natasha Mehu, Policy Analyst