At the Texas Capitol, lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase lawsuits, crowd out legitimate claims in our civil court system and drive up costs for employers.
Under proposed changes to Texas’ highly successful, nationally recognized One Call law, Texas could see many unintended consequences.
Our One Call system makes “call before you dig” easy for everyone to understand and gives excavators and facility operators an efficient, easy to act on and clear one-stop reporting and marking system for safe excavation.
Current law relieves an excavator from liability if underground facilities – including utility and telecommunication lines – are not marked in accordance with the One Call law. HB 2332 would allow for treble damages – driving up costs and clogging our courts without improving on the current One Call system’s prevention and safety mechanisms.
The old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” rings especially true when it comes to House Bill 2332.