Thursday, April 9, 2015
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 one year.
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 Contact: Email Natasha Mehu, Policy Analyst