January 13, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation.
First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1336
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning civil
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 34-13-3-3; (09)IN1336.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 34-13-3-3, AS AMENDED BY P.L.47-2006,
SECTION 48, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 3. A governmental entity or an employee
acting within the scope of the employee's employment is not liable if
a loss results from the following:
(1) The natural condition of unimproved property.
(2) The condition of a reservoir, dam, canal, conduit, drain, or
similar structure when used by a person for a purpose that is not
(3) The temporary condition of a public thoroughfare or extreme
sport area that results from weather.
(4) The condition of an unpaved road, trail, or footpath, the
purpose of which is to provide access to a recreation or scenic
(5) The design, construction, control, operation, or normal
condition of an extreme sport area, if all entrances to the extreme
sport area are marked with:
(A) a set of rules governing the use of the extreme sport area;
(B) a warning concerning the hazards and dangers associated
with the use of the extreme sport area; and
(C) a statement that the extreme sport area may be used only
by persons operating extreme sport equipment.
This subdivision shall not be construed to relieve a governmental
entity from liability for the continuing duty to maintain extreme
sports areas in a reasonably safe condition.
(6) The initiation of a judicial or an administrative proceeding.
(7) The performance of a discretionary function; however, the
provision of medical or optical care as provided in IC 34-6-2-38
shall be considered as a ministerial act.
(8) The adoption and enforcement of or failure to adopt or enforce
a law (including rules and regulations), unless the act of
enforcement constitutes false arrest or false imprisonment.
(9) An act or omission performed in good faith and without
malice under the apparent authority of a statute which is invalid
if the employee would not have been liable had the statute been
(10) The act or omission of anyone other than the governmental
entity or the governmental entity's employee.
(11) The issuance, denial, suspension, or revocation of, or failure
or refusal to issue, deny, suspend, or revoke any permit, license,
certificate, approval, order, or similar authorization, where the
authority is discretionary under the law.
(12) Failure to make an inspection, or making an inadequate or
negligent inspection, of any property, other than the property of
a governmental entity, to determine whether the property
complied with or violates any law or contains a hazard to health
(13) Entry upon any property where the entry is expressly or
impliedly authorized by law.
(14) Misrepresentation if unintentional.
(15) Theft by another person of money in the employee's official
custody, unless the loss was sustained because of the employee's
own negligent or wrongful act or omission.
(16) Injury to the property of a person under the jurisdiction and
control of the department of correction if the person has not
exhausted the administrative remedies and procedures provided
by section 7 of this chapter.
(17) Injury to the person or property of a person under supervision
of a governmental entity and who is:
(A) on probation; or
(B) assigned to an alcohol and drug services program under
IC 12-23, a minimum security release program under
IC 11-10-8, a pretrial conditional release program under
IC 35-33-8, or a community corrections program under
(18) Design of a highway (as defined in IC 9-13-2-73), toll road
project (as defined in IC 8-15-2-4(4)), tollway (as defined in
IC 8-15-3-7), or project (as defined in IC 8-15.7-2-14) if the
claimed loss occurs at least twenty (20) years after the public
highway, toll road project, tollway, or project was designed or
substantially redesigned; except that this subdivision shall not be
construed to relieve a responsible governmental entity from the
continuing duty to provide and maintain public highways in a
reasonably safe condition.
(19) Development, adoption, implementation, operation,
maintenance, or use of an enhanced emergency communication
(20) Injury to a student or a student's property by an employee of
a school corporation if the employee is acting reasonably under a
discipline policy adopted under IC 20-33-8-7(b).
(21) An error resulting from or caused by a failure to recognize
the year 1999, 2000, or a subsequent year, including an incorrect
date or incorrect mechanical or electronic interpretation of a date,
that is produced, calculated, or generated by:
(A) a computer;
(B) an information system; or
(C) equipment using microchips;
that is owned or operated by a governmental entity. However, this
subdivision does not apply to acts or omissions amounting to
gross negligence, willful or wanton misconduct, or intentional
misconduct. For purposes of this subdivision, evidence of gross
negligence may be established by a party by showing failure of a
governmental entity to undertake an effort to review, analyze,
remediate, and test its electronic information systems or by
showing failure of a governmental entity to abate, upon notice, an
electronic information system error that caused damage or loss.
However, this subdivision expires June 30, 2003.
(22) An act or omission performed in good faith under the
apparent authority of a court order described in IC 35-46-1-15.1
that is invalid, including an arrest or imprisonment related to the
enforcement of the court order, if the governmental entity or
employee would not have been liable had the court order been
(23) An act taken to investigate or remediate hazardous
substances, petroleum, or other pollutants associated with a
brownfield (as defined in IC 13-11-2-19.3) unless:
(A) the loss is a result of reckless conduct; or
(B) the governmental entity was responsible for the initial
placement of the hazardous substances, petroleum, or other
pollutants on the brownfield.
(24) The operation of an off-road vehicle (as defined in
IC 14-8-2-185) on a public highway in a county road system
outside the corporate limits of a town.