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H.R. 2166 (113th): Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2013 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 247

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2166

[Report No. 113–331, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2013

(for himself and Mr. Amodei) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

January 23 (legislative day, January 21), 2014

Additional sponsors: Mr. Moran and Mr. McDermott

January 23 (legislative day, January 21), 2014

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources

January 23 (legislative day, January 21), 2014

The Committee on Agriculture discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed


A BILL

To direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act of 2013 .

2.

Expedited access to certain Federal lands

(a)

In general

The Secretary shall develop and implement a process to expedite access to Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary for eligible organizations and eligible individuals to request access to Federal lands to conduct good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions. The process developed and implemented pursuant to this subsection shall include provisions that clarify that—

(1)

an eligible organization or eligible individual granted access under this section shall be acting for private purposes and shall not be considered a Federal volunteer;

(2)

an eligible organization or eligible individual conducting a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section shall not be considered a volunteer under section 3 of the Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969 ( 16 U.S.C. 18i );

(3)

the Federal Torts Claim Act shall not apply to an eligible organization or eligible individual carrying out a privately requested good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section; and

(4)

the Federal Employee Compensation Act shall not apply to an eligible organization or eligible individual conducting good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section and such activities shall not constitute civilian employment.

(b)

Release of the federal government from liability

The Secretary shall not require an eligible organization or an eligible individual to have liability insurance as a condition of accessing Federal lands under this section if the eligible organization or eligible individual—

(1)

acknowledges and consents, in writing, to the provisions listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (a); and

(2)

signs a waiver releasing the Federal Government from all liability related to the access granted under this section.

(c)

Approval and denial of requests

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall notify an eligible organization and eligible individual of the approval or denial of a request by that eligible organization and eligible individual to carry out a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section not more than 48 hours after the request is made.

(2)

Denials

If the Secretary denies a request from an eligible organization or eligible individual to carry out a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section, the Secretary shall notify the eligible organization or eligible individual of—

(A)

the reason for the denial request; and

(B)

any actions that eligible organization or eligible individual can take to meet the requirements for the request to be approved.

(d)

Partnerships

The Secretary shall develop search-and-recovery focused partnerships with search-and-recovery organizations to—

(1)

coordinate good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions on Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary ; and

(2)

expedite and accelerate good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission efforts for missing individuals on Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary.

(e)

Report

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a joint report to Congress describing—

(1)

plans to develop partnerships described in subsection (d)(1); and

(2)

efforts being taken to expedite and accelerate good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission efforts for missing individuals on Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary pursuant to subsection (d)(2).

(f)

Definitions

For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1)

Eligible organization and eligible individual

The terms eligible organization and eligible individual means an organization or individual, respectively, that—

(A)

is acting in a not-for-profit capacity; and

(B)

is certificated in training that meets or exceeds standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

(2)

Good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission

The term good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission means a search for one or more missing individuals believed to be deceased at the time that the search is initiated.

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, as appropriate.

January 23 (legislative day, January 21), 2014

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources

January 23 (legislative day, January 21), 2014

The Committee on Agriculture discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed