(a)(1) The Board of Public Works may approve payment of a settlement, a judgment,
or counsel fees under Subtitles 3 and 4 of this title with or without a hearing, and
direct payment from:
(i) money appropriated for that purpose in the State budget;
(ii) money appropriated to the State Insurance Trust Fund for that purpose; or
(iii) the General Emergency Fund.
(2) The Board of Public Works may approve payment of a settlement, a judgment, or
counsel fees under Subtitles 3 and 4 of this title with or without a hearing, and
direct payment from any tax which has been appropriated in the State budget to the
subdivision represented by the sheriff or deputy sheriff on whose behalf the payment
is to be made, or direct payment from the subdivision's share of any income tax collected
by the State Comptroller, in connection with any settlement or judgment paid on behalf
of any sheriff or deputy sheriff for any claim except those claims relating to:
(i) courthouse security;
(ii) transportation of prisoners;
(iii) service of process;
(iv) personnel and other administrative activities;
(v) activities, including activities relating to performing law enforcement functions,
arising under multijurisdictional agreements under the supervision and direction of
the Maryland State Police or other State agency; or
(vi) any other activities, except activities relating to performing law enforcement
functions or detention center functions.
(3) The Board may direct that payment be made in lump sum or in installments.
(4) If the Board disapproves payment in whole or in part, the Board shall state in
writing its reasons for disapproval.
(5) Decisions under this title are not subject to judicial review.
(6) Nothing in this section shall be construed as a waiver of sovereign immunity of
the State, any of its units, or State personnel.
(b) The Board of Public Works may delegate to affected units, in consultation with
the Attorney General, authority to pay, from the funds of that unit available for
the purpose, settlements, judgments, and counsel fees that do not exceed $10,000 in
a particular case.
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