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2016 House Bill 5282: Revise municipal sewer backup immunity
Introduced by Rep. Michael Webber (R) on February 2, 2016
To revise details of a 2002 law that gives local governments limited immunity for damages caused by municipal sewer backups if they are properly operating and maintaining the sewer. The bill would revise details of where that immunity ends based on the amount of rainfall, and define a "construction defect" in sewer systems that would allow lawsuits to proceed.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee on February 2, 2016
Reported in the House on May 25, 2016
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D) on November 29, 2016
To eliminate the current lawsuit immunity provisions for municipalities in this area.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Erika Geiss (D) on November 29, 2016
To lower the bar further for sewer backup lawsuits against local governments.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on November 29, 2016
Received in the Senate on December 1, 2016
Referred to the Senate Local Government Committee on December 1, 2016

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