Texas Government Code
Sec. § 2253.027
Liability of Governmental Entity


If a governmental entity fails to obtain from a prime contractor a payment bond as required by Section 2253.021 (Performance and Payment Bonds Required):


the entity is subject to the same liability that a surety would have if the surety had issued a payment bond and if the entity had obtained the bond; and


a payment bond beneficiary is entitled to a lien on money due to the prime contractor in the same manner and to the same extent as if the public work contract were subject to Subchapter J, Chapter 53 (Mechanic’s, Contractor’s, or Materialman’s Lien), Property Code.


To recover in a suit under Subsection (a), the only notice a payment bond beneficiary is required to provide to the governmental entity is a notice provided in the same manner as described by Subchapter C. The notice must be provided as if the governmental entity were a surety.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 268, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 515, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
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