Section 41-9-351Commission may provide for insurance for properties and employees.
(a) The commission may provide insurance covering loss or damage to its properties or any properties of others in its custody, care, or control or any properties as to which it has any insurable interest caused by fire or other casualty and may likewise provide insurance for the payment of damages on account of the injury or death of persons and the loss or destruction of properties of others, and may pay the premiums out of the revenues of the commission. Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize or permit the institution of any civil action or proceeding in any court against the commission for or on account of any matter referred to in this section. Any contracts of insurance authorized by this section may, in the discretion of the chair of the commission, provide for a direct right of action against the insurance carrier for the enforcement of any claims or causes of action.
(b) The liability under any policy or contract of insurance, arising out of facts and circumstances as would bring the claim or cause of action within the provisions of Chapter 5 of Title 25 if the commission were subject to the provisions of the law shall be governed by the provisions of the law. The chair of the commission may increase the hospital and medical liability coverage if he or she deems the increase of liability coverage to be in the best interests of the commission. The liability in all other cases from any such policy or contract of insurance, except to the extent expressly stated to the contrary therein, shall be the same as that imposed by law upon private persons, firms, or corporations in like circumstances.
(c) The commission may, with the approval of the Governor, enter into contract by bond or policy with an insurance company authorized to do business in this state covering a certain amount to be paid to the employees of the commission who may be killed or injured in the line and scope of their employment. The amount paid to an employee on account of death or injury shall not exceed the amount or amounts as provided by Chapter 5 of Title 25; provided however, that the bond or policy may provide additional benefits not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) per employee for the payment of hospital and medical expenses. The premium upon the bond or policy shall be paid out of the revenues of the commission.
(d) Claims by the general public against the commission or its staff will be referred to the State Board of Adjustment for adjudication. Claims by the commissioners or the commission's staff arising from their duties shall be referred to the Director of Finance, Division of Risk Management for settlement and compensation.
(Acts 1965, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 95, p. 129; Acts 1997, No. 97-634, p. 1153, §1.)