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2011 Senate Bill 201: Undo “two inch sidewalk crack” court ruling
Introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R) on February 24, 2011
To revise the law that establishes the extent to which a person can sue a local government or officials for failure to perform a governmental function. The bill would reverse the effect of a recent Supreme Court case related to sidewalk cracks. The court held that a statute establishing that a government is liable only for a sidewalk defect or “discontinuity” greater than two inches applies only to county roads. The bill would extend this to a sidewalk adjacent to “any municipal, county or state” highway, street or road.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 24, 2011
Reported in the Senate on June 16, 2011
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-4) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 21, 2011
To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 21, 2011
Received in the House on June 22, 2011
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on June 22, 2011