Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6038

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING GOOD SAMARITAN PROTECTIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WHO RENDER EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO ANIMALS.

Vote Date:

3/8/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/16/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety & Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill aims to protect first responders and animals control officers from civil liability for damages or injuries caused to an animal to whom they are providing emergency assistance. This immunity would apply to acts or omissions that constitute ordinary negligence but not acts or omissions that constitute gross or willful negligence. Firefighters, police officers, animal control officers and emergency medical personnel are all covered by this bill.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

State of CT, Department of Agriculture testified in support of the bill but noted the importance of including the animal control officer (which was done with the substitute language).

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

The CT Police Chiefs Association supports this bill.

The Humane Society of the United States supports this bill.

Representative Tom O'Dea testified in support of this bill.

The City of Stamford testified in support of this bill.

Communities 4 Action testified in support of this bill, noting the importance of nalaxanone in opioid over doses and the rising occurrences in which police dogs are exposed via their skin, nose or paws.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

CT Trial lawyers are opposed to this bill.

Reported by: Jamie Hobart

Date: 3/20/17