MACo Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, testified in opposition of HB 637, Local Government Tort Claims Act – Notice Requirement – Exception, to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 17, 2016.
The bill would create an unnecessary exception to the Local Government Tort Claims Act (LGTCA) notice requirement, upend a carefully crafted compromise enacted just last year, and potentially increase costs for local governments. Furthermore, this bill would waive the notice requirement of the LGTCA for an alleged employment discrimination case filed with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) in accordance with § 20-1004 of the State Government Article.
From the MACo testimony:
The LGTCA notice requirement serves the important role of alerting local governments to potential problems and providing them with adequate time to investigate. This system has worked well for decades.
HB 637 would establish an unnecessary precedent that could undermine the purpose of the notice requirement, upset compromise changes to the LGTCA made just last year, and potentially increase costs for local governments.
An identical cross-filed bill, SB 934, will be heard on March 3 in the Senate.
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