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Bill would protect volunteers

Monday, March 7, 2005

Volunteers and volunteer directors of nonprofit organizations will be protected with the help of State Rep. Andy Thomas (R-Brazil), if a bill he co-authored becomes law.

Rep. Thomas co-authored House Bill 1126 to protect volunteers and volunteer directors of certain organizations such as: certain community mental retardation and other developmental disabilities centers, certain rehabilitation centers and nonprofit organizations. Volunteers at these organizations would be protected from civil liability as long as they exercise reasonable care in the performance of their duties. HB 1126 passed out of the House of Representatives by a vote of 94-0.

"Nonprofit organizations need volunteers, but volunteers need to know that they are protected from civil liabilities when they are correctly performing their duties," said Thomas.

HB 1175 also passed out of the House last week. HB 1175 was authored by Rep. Woody Burton (R-Greenwood) and co-authored by Rep. Thomas. HB 1175 calls for inmates to pay for the medical attention they receive that is incurred by the county while the inmate is in prison. These costs can be repaid by the inmates during their time in prison or once they have been rehabilitated and released into the community. The bill passed out of the House of Representatives with a vote of 85-9.

"Taxpayers should not be burdened by the medical cost of inmates," said Thomas. "There are other alternatives for these costs to be repaid by the inmate themselves, but not through taxpayers."

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