September 15, 2014

SB 13-288: Revising the Process by Which the General Assembly Approves Payments to Claimants in Excess of the Limits of the CGIA

On Monday, April 29, 2013, Sen. Bill Cadman introduced SB 13-288 – Concerning the Process by Which the General Assembly Approves Recommendations Made by the State Claims Board for an Additional Payment to Claimants that Exceeds the Maximum Liability Under the “Colorado Governmental Immunity Act.” This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Current law authorizes a person with tort claims against the state brought under the “Colorado Governmental Immunity Act” (CGIA) to recover an additional payment against the state where the state claims board (board) compromises or settles a claim on behalf of the state for the maximum liability limits under the CGIA and determines, in its sole discretion, to recommend to the general assembly that the general assembly, by bill, authorize all or any portion of the additional payment.

The bill makes the following modifications to these provisions:

  • The bill clarifies the existing method for exceeding the CGIA limit based on the board recommendation and authorization through a bill.
  • In connection with a recommendation made by the board to make a payment to one or more claimants resulting from a claim of an injury arising out of the lower north fork wildfire in March 2012 that is received by the general assembly while the general assembly is adjourned sine die, upon certification from the department of law that the board process has been satisfied and on or after July 1, 2013, the bill authorizes the office of the state controller to pay one or more additional payments to such claimants from moneys previously appropriated by bill until such specifically appropriated moneys are exhausted or replenished.
  • In connection with any claim arising out of an injury occurring on or after the effective date of the bill that does not arise out of the lower north fork wildfire, where the board has made a recommendation to the general assembly for an additional payment while the general assembly has adjourned sine die, the payment is authorized where all of the members of the joint budget committee have voted to authorize the additional payment; except that the bill prohibits payment from being made until the general assembly has ratified by bill the authorization to make the payment.

The bill was introduced on April 29 and assigned to the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee approved the bill on May 2 and sent it to the Senate consent calendar for consideration on 2nd Reading. On May 3, the Senate approved the bill on 2nd Reading; the bill is now on the 3rd Reading calendar in the Senate.

Since this summary, the bill passed the Senate on Third Reading and was introduced in the House. It was assigned to the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee, which referred it unamended to the House Committee of the Whole. It then passed the House on Second and Third Readings.

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