Bill Detail: HB23-1238

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Title Protection For Helicopter Search And Rescue
Status House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/03/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Insurance
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors R. Taggart (R)
M. Lukens (D)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/08/2023

The bill extends immunity from civil liability for damage or injury,
other than that which arises from gross negligence or willful misconduct,
to an individual, nonprofit organization, for-profit corporation, private
organization, or other person (person), acting as a volunteer, that assists
a governmental entity through the use of a helicopter as part of a rescue
unit or backcountry search and rescue operations (search and rescue
operations) if the person:
  • Arranges or operates the helicopter on behalf of the
governmental entity that is leading a search and rescue
  • Has an agreement with the governmental entity;
  • Is, employs, or otherwise contracts with a pilot that is
properly licensed to operate the helicopter;
  • Meets certain safety and training certifications and
requirements; and
  • Is in compliance with all requirements of the federal
aviation administration.
The bill also establishes criteria that volunteer helicopter pilots and
the helicopters used in search and rescue operations must satisfy in order
for the volunteer helicopter owner or operator to qualify for immunity
under the bill.

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