Purpose: To notify State agencies that the Board of Public Works has delegated them authority to pay out of agency funds — without Board approval — settlements, judgments and counsel fees that do not exceed $10,000 in a particular case. This Advisory sets forth the conditions under which agencies may exercise that authority. This Advisory also sets forth procedures for presenting to the Board of Public Works proposed settlements, judgments, and counsel-fee payments that exceed $10,000 or that are to be paid from the State Insurance Trust Fund.
Background: The General Assembly amended section 12-501 of the State Government Article, Maryland Code, to provide that: "The Board of Public Works may delegate to affected units, in consultation with the Attorney General, authority to pay, from the funds of that unit available for the purpose, settlement, judgments, and counsel fees that do not exceed $10,000 in a particular case." (Chapter 184, 2001 Laws.) The Board has exercised its discretion and increased to $10,000 the authority of agencies to pay settlement, judgments, and counsel fees in a particular case without Board approval. (Secretary's Agenda Item 6, BPW Meeting 10/03/01.)
Conditions For Exercising Delegated Authority:
Procedures for Settlements, Judgments, and Counsel Fees That Exceed $10,000 or That Are to Be Paid from the State Insurance Trust Fund.
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