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§ 85.58I. Conservation districts--Participation in the Risk Management Program

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 74. State Government

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 74. State Government (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 4. Department of Central Services
Comprehensive Professional Risk Management Program
74 Okl.St.Ann. § 85.58I
§ 85.58I. Conservation districts--Participation in the Risk Management Program
A. The Risk Management Administrator may obtain or provide the insurance coverage specified by this section for conservation districts established pursuant to Article III of Title 27A of the Oklahoma Statutes.1 Pursuant to the provisions of this section and Section 85.34 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the Risk Management Administrator may obtain or provide:
1. Property and casualty insurance for any vehicle, vessel or aircraft owned or operated by the conservation districts or services provided by conservation districts;
2. Indemnity coverage for any board member, official, employee or volunteer of any conservation district for any errors and omissions or liability risks arising from the performance of their official duties pursuant to law. Any limited indemnity coverage provided for errors and omissions pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall only cover errors or omissions made by a board member, official, employee or volunteer of a conservation district occurring after the effective date of this section;
3. Property and casualty insurance coverage for any building owned or leased by the conservation districts. If a conservation district is housed in a building with any department or unit of local governmental entities, the Risk Management Administrator may also obtain or provide building or structure insurance coverage for such department or unit in the building;
4. Property and casualty insurance for any liability incurred by a conservation district as a result of the participation of the conservation district in the operation and maintenance of flood control structures or any liability occurring as a result of the participation of the conservation districts in federal or state programs authorized pursuant to Article III of Title 27A of the Oklahoma Statutes; or
5. Indemnity insurance for liability for loss, including judgments, awards, settlements, costs and legal expenses, resulting from violations of rights or privileges secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States which occur while a director, officer, employee or member is acting within the scope of his service to the conservation district. Such indemnity insurance shall be for coverage in excess of the limits on liability established by the Governmental Tort Claims Act2 but shall not limit or waive any immunities now or hereafter available to the conservation district, or any director, officer, employee or member thereof, including, but not limited to, any immunities under the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, state sovereign immunity, and any absolute or qualified immunity held by any director, officer, employee or member.
B. The Risk Management Administrator is authorized to determine eligibility criteria for participation in the Risk Management Program by conservation districts, or for such member, officer, employee or volunteer of any conservation district. In addition, the Risk Management Administrator is authorized to establish equipment and safety standards for the vehicles, vessels, aircraft, buildings or other structures to be covered by the Risk Management Program.
C. Requests for the insurance or indemnity coverage provided pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be submitted in writing to the Risk Management Administrator by the conservation district. Those conservation districts meeting eligibility criteria shall be approved for participation in the Risk Management Program by the Risk Management Administrator if the member, officer, employee or volunteer, and the vehicles, vessels, aircraft and buildings used by the conservation districts meet the equipment and safety standards and eligibility requirements established by the Risk Management Administrator. The Risk Management Administrator shall establish liability limits for the insurance coverage authorized by this section on an annual basis. Any such limits shall be based on the liquidity of the shared risk pool in the Conservation District Protection Account resulting from the annual payments made pursuant to Section 85.37 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes and any interest accrued thereon, after deduction of such sums as may be necessary to pay all overhead and administrative expenses associated with administering the pool.
D. The conservation districts shall be required to make payments for such insurance coverage. All fees collected in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be deposited in the Conservation District Protection Account within the Risk Management Political Subdivision Participation Revolving Fund.
E. 1. Any insurance or indemnity coverage shall be provided solely from funds in the Conservation District Protection Account and to the extent of assets available in the shared risk pool established pursuant to the provisions of Section 2 of this act.3 The Risk Management Administrator shall determine the extent of indemnification for losses incurred by any conservation district based upon the liquidity of the shared risk pool in the Conservation District Protection Account.
2. The State of Oklahoma is not liable, directly or indirectly, for any liability incurred by any board member, official, employee or volunteer of any conservation district in the performance of his official duties pursuant to law. In addition, the State of Oklahoma is not liable, directly or indirectly, for any liability incurred by a conservation district established pursuant to Article III of Title 27A of the Oklahoma Statutes.
F. Any insurance coverage obtained or provided pursuant to the provisions of this section shall include expenses for legal services obtained or provided by the Risk Management Administrator.

Credits

Laws 1995, c. 301, § 1, eff. July 1, 1995. Renumbered from Title 74, § 85.34G by Laws 1998, c. 371, § 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.

Footnotes

Title 27A, § 3-1-101 et seq.
Title 51, § 151 et seq.
Title 74, § 85.36A; renumbered as Title 74, § 85.58l to 85.58n.
74 Okl. St. Ann. § 85.58I, OK ST T. 74 § 85.58I
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 58th Legislature (2022) effective through July 1, 2022. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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