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HF 879

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/11/2019 05:09pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 02/07/2019

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to contracts; modifying and clarifying requirements relating to building
and construction contracts; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 337.01,
subdivision 3; 337.05, subdivision 1.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 337.01, subdivision 3, is amended to read:

Subd. 3.

Indemnification agreement.

"Indemnification agreement" means an agreement
by the promisor to indemnifynew text begin, defend,new text end or hold harmless the promisee against liability or
claims of liability for damages arising out of bodily injury to persons or out of physical
damage to tangible or real property.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 337.05, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1.

Agreements valid.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b),
sections 337.01 to 337.05 do not affect the validity of agreements whereby a promisor agrees
to provide specific insurance coverage for the benefit of others.

(b) A provision that requires a party to provide insurance coverage to one or more other
parties, including third parties, for the negligence or intentional acts or omissions of any of
those other parties, including third parties, is against public policy and is void and

(c) Paragraph (b) does not affect the validity of a provision that requires a party to provide
or obtain workers' compensation insurance, construction performance or payment bonds,
deleted text begin or project-specific insurance, including, without limitation,deleted text end builder's risk policiesnew text begin,new text end or owner
or contractor-controlled insurance programs or policies.

(d) Paragraph (b) does not affect the validity of a provision that requires the promisor
to provide or obtain insurance coverage for the promisee's vicarious liability, or liability
imposed by warranty, arising out of the acts or omissions of the promisor.

(e) Paragraph (b) does not apply to building and construction contracts for work within
50 feet of public or private railroads, or railroads regulated by the Federal Railroad

Sec. 3. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Sections 1 and 2 are effective the day following final enactment and apply to agreements
entered into on or after that date.
new text end