HB17-1179

HB17-1179 - Immunity For Emergency Rescue From Locked Vehicle

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning immunity for a person who renders emergency assistance from a locked vehicle.

The bill provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for a person who forcibly enters a locked vehicle for the purpose of rendering assistance to an at-risk person or animal. To receive immunity, the person must:

 

  • Ensure the vehicle is not a law enforcement vehicle;
  • Have a reasonable belief that the person or animal is in imminent danger of death or suffering serious bodily injury;
  • Verify the vehicle is locked;
  • Make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or operator of the vehicle;
  • Contact a law enforcement or other first responder agency prior to forcibly entering the vehicle and not interfere with the actions of any such responding law enforcement agency;
  • Use no more force than reasonably necessary to enter the locked vehicle;
  • Remain with the at-risk person or animal in a safe location close to the vehicle until law enforcement or other first responder arrives at the scene; except that, if the person rendering assistance has to leave the scene before the owner or operator of the vehicle returns, prior to leaving the scene, the person rendering assistance shall leave a notice on the vehicle with his or her name and contact information and the name and location, if any, of the facility to which he or she took the at-risk person or animal. Also prior to leaving the scene, the person rendering assistance shall contact law enforcement, animal control, or other first responder to provide them with the same information.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

     

Latest update: April 13, 2017
04/13/2017 - Governor Signed
04/04/2017 - Sent to the Governor
04/04/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
04/04/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/28/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/27/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/22/2017 - Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/20/2017 - Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
03/03/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
03/01/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/28/2017 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/23/2017 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/07/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment