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H.R.2166: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about public lands and natural resources
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Sponsor Joe Heck, R-Nev.
Total Cosponsors 3 (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Introduced May 23, 2013
Latest Major Action July 30, 2014
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  • Bill introduced in the House   
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Bill Summary

Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a process to provide eligible organizations and individuals expedited access to federal lands to conduct good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions.

Requires such process to include provisions that clarify that: (1) an eligible organization or eligible individual granted access shall be acting for private purposes and shall not be considered a federal volunteer, (2) an eligible organization or eligible individual shall not be considered a volunteer under the Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969, and (3) neither the Federal Torts Claim Act nor the Federal Employee Compensation Act shall apply to an eligible organization or eligible individual.

Bars the Secretaries from requiring an eligible organization or eligible individual to have liability insurance as a condition of accessing federal lands under this Act if it: (1) acknowledges an...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 30, 2014 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Hearings held.
Jan. 28, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Jan. 27, 2014

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 - 0 (Roll no. 24). (text: CR H1255)

Jan. 27, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1259-1260)
Jan. 27, 2014 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Jan. 27, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2166.
Jan. 27, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H1255-1257)
Jan. 27, 2014 Mrs. Lummis moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
Jan. 23, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 247.
Jan. 23, 2014 Committee on Agriculture discharged.
Jan. 23, 2014 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-331, Part I.
June 12, 2013 Ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent.
June 12, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 12, 2013 Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Discharged.
June 6, 2013 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
June 3, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry.
June 3, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.
May 23, 2013 Referred to House Agriculture
May 23, 2013 Referred to House Natural Resources