(a) A governmental entity may obtain insurance to provide for (1) its defense, (2) for its liability for claims pursuant to this act, including liability for civil rights actions as provided in K.S.A. 75-6116 and amendments thereto, (3) the defense of its employees, and (4) for medical payment insurance when purchased in conjunction with insurance authorized by (1), (2) or (3) above.
Any insurance purchased under the provisions of this section may be purchased from any insurance company or association. In the case of municipalities any such insurance may be obtained by competitive bids or by negotiation. In the case of the state, any such insurance shall be purchased in the manner and subject to the limitations prescribed by K.S.A. 75-4114, and amendments thereto, except as provided in K.S.A. 76-749, and amendments thereto. With regard to claims pursuant to the Kansas tort claims act, insurers of governmental entities may avail themselves of any defense that would be available to a governmental entity defending itself in an action within the scope of this act, except that the limitation on liability provided by subsection (a) of K.S.A. 75-6105 and amendments thereto shall not be applicable where the contract of insurance provides for coverage in excess of such limitation in which case the limitation on liability shall be fixed at the amount for which insurance coverage has been purchased or, where the governmental entity has entered into a pooling arrangement or agreement pursuant to subsection (b)(2) and has provided for coverage in excess of such limitation by ordinance or resolution of its governing body, in which case the limitation on liability shall be fixed at the amount specified in such ordinance or resolution.
Terms Used In Kansas Statutes 75-6111
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Kansas Statutes 77-201
- Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
(b) Pursuant to the interlocal cooperation act, municipalities may enter into interlocal agreements providing for:
(1) The purchase of insurance to provide for the defense of employees and for liability for claims pursuant to this act; or
(2) pooling arrangements or other agreements to share and pay expenditures for judgments, settlements, defense costs and other direct or indirect expenses incurred as a result of implementation of this act including, but not limited to, the establishment of special funds to pay such expenses.