SB17-100 - Land Stewardship Volunteer Grantee Immunity

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning qualified immunity for persons performing land stewardship activities on public lands.

The bill strengthens existing legal protections under the federal 'Volunteer Protection Act of 1997' and Colorado's 'Volunteer Service Act' for individual volunteers and nonprofit entities who build or maintain recreational trails and related facilities pursuant to grants received under Colorado's 'Recreational Trails System Act of 1971'. Specifically, the bill:


  • Establishes either gross negligence or willful and wanton conduct as the minimum basis for liability, depending on whether the subject is an individual volunteer, a nonprofit entity, or a director, officer, or trustee of a nonprofit entity;
  • Prohibits a grant agreement or procurement contract from requiring a nonprofit entity or volunteer to obtain insurance coverage for liability arising from completed operations; and
  • Extends qualified immunity to a volunteer who operates a motor vehicle, including an off-highway vehicle or snowmobile, as part of a land stewardship activity.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: April 6, 2017
04/06/2017 - Governor Signed
04/04/2017 - Sent to the Governor
04/04/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/04/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
03/28/2017 - Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
03/27/2017 - House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
03/22/2017 - First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Rerevised w/ Amendments
03/13/2017 - Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
03/10/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/09/2017 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
03/06/2017 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/17/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
02/14/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/13/2017 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/09/2017 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/27/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy