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.
When natural disasters strike, indiscriminate in wrath and sometimes unprecedented in destruction, at least one fact generally applies: volunteers are needed to help recover and rebuild.
Hundreds of licensed architects and engineers headed to parts of Alabama following their devastating tornados in 2011, contributing thousands of hours in pro-bono inspections. And Assembly Majority Lou Greenwald is hoping that legislation he introduced in Sandy’s aftermath will allow New Jersey to welcome the same volunteerism during future natural disasters.
What made Alabama’s hospitality possible is a Good Samaritan Law which protects such volunteers from frivolous litigation. Greenwald’s bill, A-3694, would provide immunity to licensed architects and engineers who volunteer at the scene of a declared emergency at the request of authorities.
Greenwald is hoping to advance the measure during the lame-duck session. It has been referred to the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee and is cosponsored by Assemblywomen Handlin and Jasey.
As the previous legislative session wound down, the Senate voted 36-0 in favor of an important piece of legislation that would grant immunity from liability for certain professional services rendered during emergencies. Continue reading