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May 23, 2013

Good Samaritan Bill


BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the "Good Samaritan Bill" to ensure off-duty first responders who provide emergency care are not subject to lawsuits for helping those in need, Senate President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, announced.

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Senate passes Good Samaritan bill
Moore praises emergency responders

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the "Good Samaritan Bill" to ensure off-duty first responders who provide emergency care are not subject to lawsuits for helping those in need, Senate President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, announced.

"I am pleased to join my colleagues in advancing this common sense bill which will provide legal protection to off-duty first responders who come to the aid of those in need," stated Sen. Moore. "The Marathon Monday bombing was a clear reminder of the selfless sacrifice that emergency personnel offer on a daily basis. The vital services they provide should not be restrained by the threat of lawsuit when rendered off the job."

"The Good Samaritan Laws do not currently apply to off-duty first responders whose professional responsibilities include providing emergency medical care," Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, said. "On Marathon Monday, many off-duty firefighters and emergency medical technicians came to the immediate aid of the hundreds of people impacted by the blasts and, as Good Samaritans, they should be provided with the same legal protections."

Lead sponsor of the bill, Senator Jim Timilty, D-Walpole, said, "Just a few weeks ago we were all reminded that there are a select few among us who run towards the blasts looking to help. We are very proud as a Commonwealth to do everything we can to help protect and honor our men and women in uniform but currently there is very little protection for their brave and instinctual actions when they are in their daily lives and out of uniform. This legislation not only seeks to protect those who risked their lives to help on Marathon Monday, but the everyday occurrences of an accident on the side of the road or a child injured on the ball field. We should do everything in our power to ensure that those with the adequate training to help do not hesitate out of fear of a lawsuit."

The Good Samaritan bill will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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