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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 11, 2019 09:58 AM
From: Representative Brian Sims
To: All House members
Subject: Municipal Tort Liability Package
 
The damages to more than 100 South Philadelphia homes during a 2012 water main break and the inadequate compensation the victims received demonstrated the need for municipal tort liability reform. I believe that Pennsylvania can do better when it comes to compensating those affected by damage when the government is at fault. For this reason, I am introducing a bill package to better protect the property rights of Pennsylvanians.

We have already seen how current law is insufficient and how it can negatively impact lives. Please join me in working to provide fair compensation to those who have suffered a loss as a result of government negligence.



Document #1

Introduced as HB2278

Description: The first bill to improve these outdated policies would prioritize recovery for property damage to owner-occupied real property.  In instances of limited resources, I believe the government should prioritize the damages faced by homeowners.
 
 

Document #2

Introduced as HB2277

Description: The second bill would remove any limits on the amount of recoverable damages for individuals who suffer damage to owner-occupied real property and file their requests for damages within the timeframe requirements.