Florida Senate - 2011 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 450 Barcode 966938 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/10/2011 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security (Bennett) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 252.515, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 252.515 Postdisaster Relief Assistance Act; immunity from 8 civil liability.— 9 (1) This act may be cited as the “Postdisaster Relief 10 Assistance Act.” 11 (2) Any person who gratuitously and in good faith provides 12 temporary housing, food, water, or electricity to emergency 13 first responders or the immediate family members of emergency 14 first responders in response to an emergency situation related 15 to and arising out of a public health emergency declared 16 pursuant to s. 381.00315 or a state of emergency declared 17 pursuant to s. 252.36, may not be held liable for any civil 18 damages as a result of providing the temporary housing, food, 19 water, or electricity unless the person acts in a manner that 20 demonstrates a reckless disregard for the consequences of 21 another. 22 (3) As used in this section, the term: 23 (a) “Emergency first responder” means: 24 1. A physician licensed under chapter 458. 25 2. An osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459. 26 3. A chiropractic physician licensed under chapter 460. 27 4. A podiatric physician licensed under chapter 461. 28 5. A dentist licensed under chapter 466. 29 6. An advanced registered nurse practitioner certified 30 under s. 464.012. 31 7. A physician assistant licensed under s. 458.347 or s. 32 459.022. 33 8. A worker employed by a public or private hospital in the 34 state. 35 9. A paramedic as defined in s. 401.23(17). 36 10. An emergency medical technician as defined in s. 37 401.23(11). 38 11. A firefighter as defined in s. 633.30. 39 12. A law enforcement officer as defined in s. 943.10. 40 13. A member of the Florida National Guard. 41 14. Any other personnel designated as emergency personnel 42 by the Governor pursuant to a declared emergency. 43 (b) “Immediate family member” means any parent, spouse, 44 child, or sibling. 45 (4) The immunity provided by this section does not apply to 46 damages as a result of any act or omission: 47 (a) That occurs more than 6 months after the declaration of 48 an emergency by the Governor, unless the declared state of 49 emergency is extended by the Governor, in which case the 50 immunity provided by this section continues to apply for the 51 duration of the extension and 6 months thereafter; or 52 (b) That is unrelated to the original declared emergency or 53 any extension thereof. 54 (5) As used in this section, the term “reckless disregard” 55 means such conduct that a reasonable person knew or should have 56 known at the time such services were provided, would be likely 57 to result in injury so as to affect the life or health of 58 another, taking into account the extent or serious nature of the 59 prevailing circumstances. 60 (6) A person may register with a county emergency 61 management agency as a temporary provider of housing, food, 62 water, or electricity for emergency first responders if the 63 county provides for such registration. A person who has 64 registered with a county emergency management agency as a 65 provider of temporary housing, food, water, or electricity to 66 emergency first responders or the immediate family members of 67 emergency first responders is presumed to have acted in good 68 faith in providing such housing, food, water, or electricity. 69 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011. 70 71 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 72 And the title is amended as follows: 73 Delete everything before the enacting clause 74 and insert: 75 A bill to be entitled 76 An act relating to emergency management; creating s. 77 252.515, F.S.; providing a short title; providing 78 immunity from civil liability for providers of 79 temporary housing and aid to emergency first 80 responders and their immediate family members 81 following a declared emergency; providing definitions; 82 providing nonapplicability; authorizing specified 83 registration with a county emergency management agency 84 as a provider of housing and aid for emergency first 85 responders; providing an effective date.