CS/CS/CS/SB 974 (Gruters) and CS/CS/HB 985 (Beltran) revise the statutory limits on liability for tort claims against the state and its agencies and subdivisions (which include cities). The current statutory limits for claims are $200,000 per person and $300,000 per incident.
CS/CS/HB 985, as amended, seeks to increase statutory limits for claims to $400,000 per person and $600,000 per incident.
CS/CS/CS/SB 974 was amended to change the current statutory limits to a tiered system based on a population threshold. A city or county whose population is 50,000 or less maintains the current limits of $200,000 per person and $300,000 per occurrence. For a city or county whose population is between 50,001-250,000, the limits increase to $300,000 per person and $400,000 per occurrence. Lastly, for a city or county whose population is greater than 250,001, the limits would be increased to $400,000 per person and $600,000 per occurrence. (Cruz)