Governor to Sign Bill Increasing Local Government Liability Limits

An April 24 Baltimore Sun article reported that Governor Larry Hogan intends to sign legislation (HB 113 and HB 114) that doubles how much people can collect from the State and local governments through civil lawsuits.  The new liability caps under the Local Government Tort Claims Act go from $200,000 to $400,000 per individual claim and from $500,000 to $800,000 for all claims arising from a single incident.  While the new caps apply to all types of liability cases, police misconduct cases drove much of the discussion during the 2015 Session.  From the article:

Gov. Larry Hogan plans to sign legislation that would double how much people injured by police can collect in civil lawsuits. …

Before Friday, the governor had not made a public statement on whether he would sign the legislation.  He will sign the bills along with more than 150 others at a previously scheduled bill signing Tuesday.

Del. Curt Anderson, a Democrat and chair of the city’s delegation, applauded Del. Frank Conaway, Jr. for introducing the legislation.  Anderson said hopefully the higher limits will help eliminate some police misconduct in [Baltimore City]. He predicted officials across the state will suddenly scrutinize their budgets to make sure money is included for additional liabilities.

“You want to make sure you’re employees are trained right,” Anderson said. “Money talks.”

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