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S.B. 67 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

House Sponsor: Fred R Hunsaker

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill recognizes a mutual aid agreement regarding emergency responders who cross
             10      state borders in response to an emergency.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes recognition of a mutual aid agreement established between states
             14      regarding emergency responders who cross state borders in response to an
             15      emergency;
             16          .    provides definitions;
             17          .    establishes terms for the filing of claims and the limits of recovery against an
             18      emergency responder who crosses the border between Utah and Idaho as part of
             19      providing an emergency response;
             20          .    provides legislative findings on public policy regarding emergency responder
             21      mutual aid, including damage caps; and
             22          .    takes effect when Idaho enacts reciprocal legislation.
             23      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             24          None
             25      Other Special Clauses:
             26          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             27      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             28      ENACTS:
             29          63K-5-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             30          63K-5-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31          63K-5-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32          63K-5-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33          63K-5-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34          63K-5-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35          63K-5-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36          63K-5-402, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             38      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             39          Section 1. Section 63K-5-101 is enacted to read:


Part 1. General Provisions

             43          63K-5-101. Title.
             44          This chapter is known as "Interstate Emergency Responder Mutual Aid Agreement."
             45          Section 2. Section 63K-5-102 is enacted to read:
             46          63K-5-102. Definitions.
             47          As used in this chapter:
             48          (1) "Claim" has the same definition as in the following sections, as applicable:
             49          (a) Section 6902, Idaho Code; or
             50          (b) Section 63G-7-102 , Utah Code Annotated.
             51          (2) "Emergency":
             52          (a) means a situation where it reasonably appears that the life or safety of a person is at
             53      peril or real or personal property is at risk of destruction or loss;
             54          (b) includes disasters, fires, persons who are lost or missing, boats that are sinking or
             55      are in danger of sinking, medical situations where care is needed, and transportation of
             56      persons by ambulance; and
             57          (c) is not limited in duration to a discrete period of time.

             58          (3) (a) "Emergency responder" means a person whose duties include providing
             59      services to protect property or the life or safety of any person and who is:
             60          (i) employed by a governmental entity of another state;
             61          (ii) temporarily employed by a governmental entity; or
             62          (iii) a volunteer who is serving at the request of a governmental entity.
             63          (b) "Emergency responder" includes:
             64          (i) law enforcement officers, fire fighters, search and rescue personnel, emergency
             65      medical technicians, ambulance personnel, Department of Natural Resources employees, park
             66      rangers, and volunteers participating in search and rescue operations; and
             67          (ii) persons and parties identified in the interstate mutual aid agreement.
             68          (4) "Interstate mutual aid agreement" means an agreement that establishes procedures
             69      for claims against an out-of-state emergency responder, and that:
             70          (a) is established reciprocally between the Utah Highway Patrol and the Idaho State
             71      Police;
             72          (b) is on file with the Utah Highway Patrol; and
             73          (c) has a duration of one year from the time the agreement is entered into by Utah and
             74      Idaho.
             75          Section 3. Section 63K-5-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Notice of Claim

             77          63K-5-201. Notice of claim requirements.
             78          (1) Any claim against an emergency responder or the responder's employer shall be
             79      treated for the purpose of a notice of claim as a claim against the state.
             80          (2) The person making the claim shall comply with:
             81          (a) Title 63G, Chapter 7, Governmental Immunity Act of Utah; and
             82          (b) any notice of claim requirements of the state where the emergency responder
             83      resides or is employed as an emergency responder.
             84          (3) The person filing the claim shall provide a copy of the notice of claim with the
             85      Idaho secretary of state if the claim is filed in Utah, or with the Utah attorney general if the

             86      claim is filed in Idaho.
             87          Section 4. Section 63K-5-301 is enacted to read:
Part 3. Emergency Responder Acting in Another State

             89          63K-5-301. Emergency responder entering Utah to respond to an emergency.
             90          An emergency responder who enters into Utah in response to a request for assistance
             91      by an official or emergency responder of Utah or pursuant to an agreement providing for
             92      interstate mutual aid is considered to be responding to an emergency.
             93          Section 5. Section 63K-5-302 is enacted to read:
             94          63K-5-302. Privileges and immunities of law enforcement officers.
             95          Any law enforcement officer of another state and the officer's employer are specifically
             96      entitled to the application of this chapter if the law enforcement officer is empowered to act
             97      under Section 19-701, Idaho Code, or an interstate mutual aid agreement.
             98          Section 6. Section 63K-5-303 is enacted to read:
             99          63K-5-303. Privileges and immunities of emergency responders.
             100          (1) Any emergency responder from another state who enters into this state while
             101      responding to an emergency has the same authority to act, including providing care, as does
             102      any emergency responder of this state.
             103          (2) All privileges and immunities from liability, exemption from law, ordinances, and
             104      rules, and any other benefits, which apply to an emergency responder while performing duties
             105      in the responder's state of residence or state of employment as a responder, apply when the
             106      emergency responder is acting as an emergency responder in Utah.
             107          Section 7. Section 63K-5-401 is enacted to read:
Part 4. Comity

             109          63K-5-401. Legislative findings -- Comity with Idaho.
             110          (1) The Legislature finds, with regard to emergency responders, that:
             111          (a) Title 9, Chapter 6, of the Idaho Code, regarding the governmental immunity laws
             112      of Idaho, is consistent with the public policy of Utah; and
             113          (b) based on the legislative finding under Subsection (1)(a), the governmental

             114      immunity laws of Idaho apply to any claim, including any lawsuit, brought against an
             115      emergency responder, who resides in or is employed as an emergency responder in Idaho, and
             116      the emergency responder's employer, based on the emergency responder's actions in Utah
             117      when acting as an emergency responder.
             118          (2) The Legislature finds:
             119          (a) the damage caps in the governmental immunity laws of Idaho, although not
             120      identical to the damage caps under Section 63G-7-604 , Utah Code Annotated, are consistent
             121      with the public policy of Utah; and
             122          (b) the damage caps of Idaho apply to any claim, including any lawsuit, brought
             123      against an emergency responder, who resides in or is employed as an emergency responder in
             124      Idaho, and the emergency responder's employer, based on the emergency responder's actions in
             125      Utah when acting as an emergency responder.
             126          Section 8. Section 63K-5-402 is enacted to read:
             127          63K-5-402. Chapter takes effect when Idaho provisions enacted.
             128          (1) This chapter takes effect when statutory provisions are enacted by Idaho that are
             129      reciprocal to the provisions of this chapter.
             130          (2) This chapter remains in effect as long as the statutory provisions enacted by Idaho
             131      under Subsection (1) are in effect.
             132          Section 9. Effective date.
             133          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             134      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             135      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             136      the date of veto override.

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