7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the Governmental Immunity Act of Utah.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ modifies a provision relating to a governmental entity's obligation to provide
13 information to a claimant after the filing of a notice of claim.
14 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16 Other Special Clauses:
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
20 63G-7-403, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 229
22 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
23 Section 1. Section 63G-7-403 is amended to read:
24 63G-7-403. Notifying of the receipt of a notice of claim -- Action in district court
25 -- Time for commencing action -- Commencing action after time limit.
26 (1) Within 60 days after the filing of a notice of claim, the governmental [
27 entity's representative or its insurance carrier shall inform the claimant in writing:
28 (a) that the notice of claim has been received; and
29 (b) if applicable, that the governmental entity believes it is not the correct
30 governmental entity with which the notice of claim should have been filed.
31 (2) (a) (i) Subject to Subsections (2)(a)(ii) and (b), a claimant may pursue an action in
32 the district court against the governmental entity or an employee of the entity.
33 (ii) A claimant may not file an action before the date that is 60 days after the claimant's
34 notice of claim is filed.
35 (b) Subject to Subsection (3), a claimant shall commence the action within two years
36 after the claim arises, as provided in Subsection 63G-7-401(1), regardless of whether or not the
37 function giving rise to the claim is characterized as governmental.
38 (3) (a) As used in this Subsection (3), "claimant" includes a representative of an
40 (i) who dies before an action is begun under this section; and
41 (ii) whose cause of action survives the individual's death.
42 (b) A claimant may commence an action after the time limit described in Subsection
43 (2)(b) if:
44 (i) the claimant had commenced a previous action within the time limit of Subsection
46 (ii) the previous action failed or was dismissed for a reason other than on the merits;
48 (iii) the claimant commences the new action within one year after the previous action
49 failed or was dismissed.
50 (c) A claimant may commence a new action under Subsection (3)(b) only once.