2013 Texas Statutes
INSURANCE CODE
TITLE 2 - TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
SUBTITLE C - PROGRAMS AFFECTING MULTIPLE LINES OF INSURANCE
CHAPTER 151 - CONSOLIDATED INSURANCE PROGRAMS

INSURANCE CODE


TITLE 2. TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE


SUBTITLE C. PROGRAMS AFFECTING MULTIPLE LINES OF INSURANCE


CHAPTER 151. CONSOLIDATED INSURANCE PROGRAMS


SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS


Sec. 151.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

(1) "Consolidated insurance program" means a program under which a principal provides general liability insurance coverage, workers' compensation insurance coverage, or both that are incorporated into an insurance program for a single construction project or multiple construction projects.

(2) "Construction project" means construction, remodeling, maintenance, or repair of improvements to real property. The term includes the immediate construction location and areas incidental and necessary to the work as defined in the construction contract documents. A construction project under this chapter does not include a single family house, townhouse, duplex, or land development directly related thereto.

(3) "Contractor" means any person who has entered into a construction contract or a professional services contract and is enrolled in the consolidated insurance program.

(4) "Claim" includes a loss or liability for a claim, damage, expense, or governmentally imposed fine, penalty, administrative action, or other action.

(5) "Construction contract" means a contract, subcontract, or agreement, or a performance bond assuring the performance of any of the foregoing, entered into or made by an owner, architect, engineer, contractor, construction manager, subcontractor, supplier, or material or equipment lessor for the design, construction, alteration, renovation, remodeling, repair, or maintenance of, or for the furnishing of material or equipment for, a building, structure, appurtenance, or other improvement to or on public or private real property, including moving, demolition, and excavation connected with the real property. The term includes an agreement to which an architect, engineer, or contractor and an owner's lender are parties regarding an assignment of the construction contract or other modifications thereto.

(6) "Indemnitor" means a party to a construction contract that is required to provide indemnification or additional insured status to another party to the construction contract or to a third party.

(7) "Insurer" has the meaning assigned by Section 560.001.

(8) "Principal" means the person who procures the insurance policy under a consolidated insurance program.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 151.002. RULES. The commissioner shall adopt rules as necessary to implement and enforce Subchapter B.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

SUBCHAPTER B. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS


Sec. 151.051. DURATION OF GENERAL LIABILITY COVERAGE. A consolidated insurance program that provides general liability insurance coverage must provide completed operations insurance coverage for a policy period of not less than three years.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

SUBCHAPTER C. REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO INDEMNIFICATION


Sec. 151.101. APPLICABILITY. (a) This subchapter applies to a construction contract for a construction project for which an indemnitor is provided or procures insurance subject to:

(1) this chapter; or

(2) Title 10.

(b) Subsection (a) applies regardless of whether the insurance is provided or procured before or after execution of the contract.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 151.102. AGREEMENT VOID AND UNENFORCEABLE. Except as provided by Section 151.103, a provision in a construction contract, or in an agreement collateral to or affecting a construction contract, is void and unenforceable as against public policy to the extent that it requires an indemnitor to indemnify, hold harmless, or defend a party, including a third party, against a claim caused by the negligence or fault, the breach or violation of a statute, ordinance, governmental regulation, standard, or rule, or the breach of contract of the indemnitee, its agent or employee, or any third party under the control or supervision of the indemnitee, other than the indemnitor or its agent, employee, or subcontractor of any tier.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 151.103. EXCEPTION FOR EMPLOYEE CLAIM. Section 151.102 does not apply to a provision in a construction contract that requires a person to indemnify, hold harmless, or defend another party to the construction contract or a third party against a claim for the bodily injury or death of an employee of the indemnitor, its agent, or its subcontractor of any tier.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 151.104. UNENFORCEABLE ADDITIONAL INSURANCE PROVISION. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a provision in a construction contract that requires the purchase of additional insured coverage, or any coverage endorsement, or provision within an insurance policy providing additional insured coverage, is void and unenforceable to the extent that it requires or provides coverage the scope of which is prohibited under this subchapter for an agreement to indemnify, hold harmless, or defend.

(b) This section does not apply to a provision in an insurance policy, or an endorsement to an insurance policy, issued under a consolidated insurance program to the extent that the provision or endorsement lists, adds, or deletes named insureds to the policy.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

Sec. 151.105. EXCLUSIONS. This subchapter does not affect:

(1) an insurance policy, including a policy issued under an owner-controlled or owner-sponsored consolidated insurance program or a contractor-controlled or contractor-sponsored consolidated insurance program, except as provided by Section 151.104;

(2) a cause of action for breach of contract or warranty that exists independently of an indemnity obligation, including an indemnity obligation in a construction contract under a construction project for which insurance is provided under a consolidated insurance program;

(3) indemnity provisions contained in loan and financing documents, other than construction contracts to which the contractor and owner's lender are parties as provided under Section 151.001(5);

(4) general agreements of indemnity required by sureties as a condition of execution of bonds for construction contracts;

(5) the benefits and protections under the workers' compensation laws of this state;

(6) the benefits or protections under the governmental immunity laws of this state;

(7) agreements subject to Chapter 127, Civil Practice and Remedies Code;

(8) a license agreement between a railroad company and a person that permits the person to enter the railroad company's property as an accommodation to the person for work under a construction contract that does not primarily benefit the railroad company;

(9) an indemnity provision pertaining to a claim based upon copyright infringement;

(10) an indemnity provision in a construction contract, or in an agreement collateral to or affecting a construction contract, pertaining to:

(A) a single family house, townhouse, duplex, or land development directly related thereto; or

(B) a public works project of a municipality; or

(11) a joint defense agreement entered into after a claim is made.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

SUBCHAPTER D. NONWAIVER


Sec. 151.151. NONWAIVER. A provision of this chapter may not be waived by contract or otherwise.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1292, Sec. 1, eff. January 1, 2012.

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