3.732 SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS.
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
As used in this section and section
the terms defined in
this section have the meanings given them.
(1) "State" includes each of the departments, boards, agencies, commissions, courts, and
officers in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the state of Minnesota and includes
but is not limited to the Housing Finance Agency, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, the
Higher Education Facilities Authority, the Health Technology Advisory Committee, the Armory
Building Commission, the Zoological Board, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board,
the State Agricultural Society, the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities, state hospitals, and state penal institutions. It does not include a city, town, county,
school district, or other local governmental body corporate and politic.
(2) "Employee of the state" means all present or former officers, members, directors, or
employees of the state, members of the Minnesota National Guard, members of a bomb disposal
unit approved by the commissioner of public safety and employed by a municipality defined in
when engaged in the disposal or neutralization of bombs or other similar hazardous
explosives, as defined in section
, outside the jurisdiction of the municipality but
within the state, or persons acting on behalf of the state in an official capacity, temporarily or
permanently, with or without compensation. It does not include either an independent contractor
or members of the Minnesota National Guard while engaged in training or duty under United
States Code, title 10, or title 32, section 316, 502, 503, 504, or 505, as amended through
December 31, 1983. Notwithstanding sections
, for purposes of this section
only, "employee of the state" includes a district public defender or assistant
district public defender in the Second or Fourth Judicial District and a member of the Health
Technology Advisory Committee.
(3) "Scope of office or employment" means that the employee was acting on behalf of the
state in the performance of duties or tasks lawfully assigned by competent authority.
(4) "Judicial branch" has the meaning given in section
43A.02, subdivision 25
Subd. 2. Claims of $7,000 or less.
The head of each department or agency of the state, or a
designee, acting on behalf of the state, shall attempt to determine, adjust and settle, at any time,
any claim for money damages of $7,000 or less against the state for injury to or loss of property or
personal injury or death caused by an act or omission of any employee of the state while acting
within the scope of office or employment, under circumstances where the state, if a private person,
would be liable to the claimant. The settlement is final and conclusive on all officers of the state,
unless procured by fraud. The acceptance by the claimant of a settlement is final and conclusive
on the claimant and constitutes a complete release of any claim against the state and the employee
of the state whose act or omission gave rise to the claim, by reason of the same subject matter.
Subd. 3. Attorney general approval.
A settlement made under this section is not valid
unless it is supported by a claim in writing, and is approved in writing by the attorney general as
to its form and legality. The claim shall be in the form that the attorney general prescribes.
Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1978 c 793 s 98
Subd. 5. Action in court.
Nothing in this section is to be construed to deny a claimant who is
not paid under this section from bringing an action at law in the courts of this state.
Subd. 6. Settlement.
The head of each department or agency, or a designee, acting on behalf
of the state, may enter into structured settlements, through the negotiation, creation, and use of
annuities or similar financial plans for claimants, to resolve claims arising from the alleged
negligence of the state, its agencies, or employees. Sections
16C.03, subdivision 4
do not apply to the state's selection of and contracts with structured settlement consultants
or purveyors of structured settlement plans.
History: 1971 c 962 s 13; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1973 c 349 s 2; 1974 c 557 s 8-10; 1975 c
271 s 6; 1975 c 321 s 2; 1976 c 331 s 30-32; 1978 c 669 s 1; 1983 c 193 s 1; 1983 c 258 s 9; 1983
c 301 s 58; 1984 c 619 s 10; 1985 c 166 s 1; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 374; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 7 s 1; 1988
c 469 art 1 s 1; 1988 c 530 s 1; 1988 c 602 s 1; 1988 c 717 s 1; 1989 c 335 art 3 s 1; 1993 c
146 art 2 s 8; 1993 c 345 art 5 s 1; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 59; 1995 c 226 art 4 s 1; 1996 c 395 s
18; 1997 c 17 s 3; 1998 c 386 art 2 s 3; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 60