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Annual claims law (new law)

Published (5/25/2012)
By Mike Cook
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Nearly $24,000 will be paid out to settle claims against the state “brought for losses suffered while incarcerated in a state correctional facility or for injuries suffered by and medical services provided to persons injured while performing community service or sentence-to-service work for correctional purposes or while incarcerated in a state correctional facility.”

The largest award is $12,270.75 to Chad Westring “for wage loss resulting from permanent injuries to his spine while performing sentence-to-service work in Todd County.” Other payments range from to $825 to $5,268.

Each year, a Joint House-Senate Subcommittee on Claims meets to determine which petitions will be funded. All state agencies are eligible to receive funding to cover the claims.

Rep. Steve Smith (R-Mound) and Sen. Michael Jungbauer (R-East Bethel) sponsor the law, which is effective July 1, 2012.

HF2437/ SF2112*/CH232

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