In the next few weeks you will see Assemblyman Mike Feuer's AB 83 (Torts: Personal Liability Immunity) begin to move its way through the State Senate and on to the Governor. Feuer is Chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee and is also a Good Samaritan himself, according to Southern California CALA Regional Director Maryann Maloney Marino's latest blog post.
AB 83 immunizes Good Samaritans from liability when they assist others at the scene of an emergency, regardless of whether the care provided is of a medical (e.g., CPR) or non-medical nature (e.g., pulling someone out of a burning building) - unless the person providing assistance acts in a reckless or grossly negligent manner.
The bill would place California law in line with the statutes of most other states. Currently, 31 states and the District of Columbia immunize Good Samaritans from liability unless they act recklessly or in a grossly negligent manner.
In a recent meeting, Assemblyman Feuer expressed appreciation for California CALA's support of his legislation and said it was nice to see diverse groups coming together to support a common issue - in this case protecting Good Samaritans.
We will need CALA supporters to send support letters to State Senator Ellen Corbett, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. These support letters can be faxed to the committee consultant, Saskia Kim at 916.445.8390.