9.070 State institutions of higher education declared agencies of state government for purposes of KRS 49.060 — Jurisdiction of Kentucky Claims Commission — Sovereign immunity.
(1) For purposes of KRS 49.060, state institutions of higher education under KRS Chapter 164 are agencies of the state.

Terms Used In Kentucky Statutes 49.070

  • Action: includes all proceedings in any court of this state. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • commission: means the Kentucky Claims Commission. See Kentucky Statutes 49.010
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • State: when applied to a part of the United States, includes territories, outlying possessions, and the District of Columbia. See Kentucky Statutes 446.010
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Statute of limitations: A law that sets the time within which parties must take action to enforce their rights.

(2) The commission shall have primary and exclusive jurisdiction over all negligence claims for the negligent performance of ministerial acts against the Commonwealth, any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies, or any officers, agents, or employees thereof while acting within the scope of their employment.
(3) The commission shall have primary and exclusive jurisdiction to make findings of fact, conclusions of law, and legal determinations with regard to whether the alleged negligent act was on the part of the Commonwealth or any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies or any officers, agents, or employees thereof.
(4) The commission shall have primary and exclusive jurisdiction to make findings of fact, conclusions of law, and legal determinations with regard to whether the alleged negligent act was on the part of the Commonwealth or any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies, or any of its officers, agents, or employees while acting within the scope of their employment by the Commonwealth or any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies.
(5) No action for negligence against the Commonwealth, any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies, or any officers, agents, or employees thereof may be brought in any other court or forum in the Commonwealth except the commission unless the commission makes a final determination that it does not have primary and exclusive jurisdiction over the claim.
(6) The determination by the commission becomes final only after all appellate rights have been finalized or waived.
(7) Any applicable statute of limitations for bringing negligence actions in any court or forum other than the commission shall be tolled pending the final determination that the commission does not have primary and exclusive jurisdiction of the negligence claim.
(8) No action for negligence may be brought in any court or forum other than the commission against the Commonwealth, any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies or any of its officers, agents, or employees while acting within the scope of their employment by the Commonwealth or any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies.
(9) Negligence as used herein includes negligence, gross negligence, or wanton negligence.
(10) The defense of contributory negligence is not a complete bar to recovery of a plaintiff‘s claim in the commission, and the doctrine of comparative negligence shall be utilized by the commission.
(11) Except as otherwise provided by KRS 49.040 to 49.180, nothing contained herein shall be construed to be a waiver of sovereign immunity or any other immunity or privilege maintained by the Commonwealth, its cabinets, departments, bureaus, and agencies and its officers, agents, and employees.
(12) Except as otherwise specifically set forth by statute and in reference to subsection (11) of this section, no action for damages may be maintained in any court or forum against the Commonwealth, any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies or any of its officers, agents, or employees while acting within their official capacity and scope of their employment by the Commonwealth or any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies.
(13) The preservation of sovereign immunity referred to in subsections (11) and
(12) of this section includes but is not limited to the following:
(a) Discretionary acts or decisions; (b) Executive decisions;
(c) Ministerial acts;
(d) Actions in the performance of obligations running to the public as a whole;
(e) Governmental performance of a self-imposed protective function to the public or citizens; and
(f) Administrative acts.
(14) The filing of an action in court or any other forum or the purchase of liability insurance or the establishment of a fund for self-insurance by the Commonwealth, its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies or its agents, officers, or employees thereof for a government-related purpose or duty shall not be construed as a waiver of sovereign immunity or any other immunity or privilege thereby held. Except as specifically set forth by statute, no counterclaim, set-off, recoupment, cross-claim, or other form of avoidance of the claim for damages may be asserted by any person when suit is brought against said person by the Commonwealth or any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies thereof.
(15) Neither the Commonwealth nor any of its cabinets, departments, bureaus, or agencies or any officers, agents, or employees thereof shall be liable under a respondeat superior theory or any other similar theory for the acts of independent contractors, contractors, or subcontractors thereof or anyone else doing work or providing services for the state on a volunteer basis or pursuant to a contract therewith.
Effective:June 29, 2017
History: Repealed, reenacted, renumbered, and amended 2017 Ky. Acts ch. 74, sec. 7, effective June 29, 2017. — Created 1986 Acts ch. 499, sec. 2, effective July 15, 1986.
Formerly codified as KRS 44.073.