Sovereign Immunity (Oppose)

Sovereign Immunity (Oppose)

HB 1131 (Jenne) and SB 1812 (Rader) substantially amend the waiver of sovereign immunity for governments, including cities. Under current law, the state has waived sovereign immunity in tort actions up to $200,000 for individual actions and up to $300,000 for all actions arising out of the same incidence or occurrence. The bills increase the waiver of sovereign immunity for municipalities and other political subdivisions by allowing a local government to purchase insurance or self-insure up to $5 million to pay a claim judgment by any one person or $7.5 million to cover the total claims or judgments arising out of the same incident or occurrence. The bills require insurance purchased pay for covered liabilities up to the policy limits without a legislative claims bill. (Cruz)