S-2165 received the unanimous approval of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. Under current law, only the officers and members of first aid, ambulance or rescue squads have civil immunity; not the entities themselves. This bill clarifies that the entities, as well as the officers and members are not liable for any civil damages as the result of an act or the omission of an act committed while in training for or in the rendering of intermediate life support services in good faith. Its companion bill, A-3282, passed the Assembly Health and Senior Services committee with bipartisan support in January.
S-2165 is sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset). Its assembly sponsors include Assemblymen Eric Peterson (R-Hunterdon), Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), and Herb Conaway (D-Burlington). The measure awaits full legislative approval in each house.