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H.R. 1084 (108th): Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act of 2004


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 13, 2004 (Reported by House Committee).


HR 1084 RH

Union Calendar No. 418

108th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 1084

[Report No. 108-679]

To provide liability protection to nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations flying for public benefit and to the pilots and staff of such organizations.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 5, 2003

Mr. SCHROCK (for himself, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. GOODE, Mr. KIRK, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, and Mr. FORBES) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

September 13, 2004

Additional sponsors: Mr. STEARNS, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. BURGESS, Mr. MURPHY, Ms. HART, Mr. WAMP, Mr. ROGERS of Michigan, Mr. STENHOLM, Mr. CARTER, Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia, Mr. GREEN of Wisconsin, Mr. TIBERI, Mr. EHLERS, Mrs. WILSON of New Mexico, Mr. SHIMKUS, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. UPTON, and Mr. COBLE

September 13, 2004

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]

[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 5, 2003]


A BILL

To provide liability protection to nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations flying for public benefit and to the pilots and staff of such organizations.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act of 2004’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

    (a) FINDINGS- Congress finds the following:

      (1) Scores of public benefit nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations provide valuable services to communities and individuals.

      (2) In calendar year 2001, nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations provided long-distance, no-cost transportation for over 30,000 people in times of special need.

      (3) Such organizations are no longer able to reasonably purchase non-owned aircraft liability insurance to provide liability protection, and thus face a highly detrimental liability risk.

      (4) Such organizations have supported the interests of homeland security by providing volunteer pilot services at times of national emergency.

    (b) PURPOSE- The purpose of this Act is to promote the activities of nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations flying for public benefit and to sustain the availability of the services that such organizations provide, including transportation at no cost to financially needy medical patients for medical treatment, evaluation, and diagnosis, as well as other flights of compassion and flights for humanitarian and charitable purposes.

SEC. 3. LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR NONPROFIT VOLUNTEER PILOT ORGANIZATIONS FLYING FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT AND TO PILOTS AND STAFF OF SUCH ORGANIZATIONS.

    Section 4 of the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (42 U.S.C. 14503) is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a)(4)--

        (A) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as (i) and (ii), respectively;

        (B) by inserting ‘(A)’ after ‘(4)’;

        (C) by striking the period at the end and inserting ‘; or’ and

        (D) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(B) the harm was caused by a volunteer of a nonprofit volunteer pilot organization that flies for public benefit, while the volunteer was flying in furtherance of the purpose of the organization and was operating an aircraft for which the volunteer was properly licensed and insured.’; and

      (2) in subsection (c)--

        (A) by inserting ‘(1)’ before ‘Nothing’; and

        (B) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

    ‘(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a nonprofit volunteer pilot organization that flies for public benefit, and the staff, mission coordinators, officers, and directors (whether volunteer or otherwise) of such organization or a referring agency of such organization, shall not be liable with respect to harm caused to any person by a volunteer of such organization, while the volunteer is flying in furtherance of the purpose of the organization and is operating an aircraft for which the volunteer is properly licensed and has certified to such organization that such volunteer has in force insurance for operating such aircraft.’.

SEC. 4. REPORT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL.

    (a) Study Required- The Attorney General shall carry out a study on the availability of insurance to nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations that fly for public benefit. In carrying out the study, the Attorney General shall make findings with respect to--

      (1) whether nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations are able to obtain insurance;

      (2) if no, then why;

      (3) if yes, then on what terms such insurance is offered; and

      (4) if the inability of nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations to obtain insurance has any impact on the associations’ ability to operate.

    (b) Report- After completing the study, the Attorney General shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study. The report shall include the findings of the study and any conclusions and recommendations that the Attorney General considers appropriate.

Union Calendar No. 418

108th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 1084

[Report No. 108-679]

A BILL

To provide liability protection to nonprofit volunteer pilot organizations flying for public benefit and to the pilots and staff of such organizations.


September 13, 2004

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed