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§ 504.015

Municipal Utilities

(a) This section applies to a municipal utility operated by a board of trustees established under Section 1502.070, Government Code, or a similar law.

(b) The board of trustees of a utility has the authority of the governing body of the municipality under this chapter to:

(1) adopt a self-insurance program or take out a policy of workers' compensation insurance; and

(2) adopt resolutions, give notices, and do all things concerning workers' compensation regarding the utility's employees that the governing body of the municipality would be authorized to do regarding other municipal employees or groups of employees.

(c) Funds set aside or spent for the purpose of workers' compensation insurance are considered operating expenses of the utility. Funds set aside or paid by the board of trustees for self-insurance or for premiums on insurance policies shall be paid out of utility revenues. A provision for self-insurance or an obligation incurred under an insurance policy is not a general liability of the municipality but is payable only out of utility revenues.

Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, § 8.282, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

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