Summary of the House Committee Version of the Bill


SPONSOR:  Johnson (Luetkenhaus)

COMMITTEE ACTION:  Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee
on Judiciary by a vote of 17 to 0.

Under current law, no cause of action exists against fire
protection entities for equipment they donate to other entities
if the State Fire Marshal approves the equipment.  These
immunities only apply to actions directly related to this
equipment.  This substitute requires any motor vehicle that is
donated to pass a safety inspection by the State Highway
Patrol.  Receiving agencies must also demonstrate to the Fire
Marshal that any equipment received works properly.  Donor
agencies must inform the receiving agency in writing of any
defect they know about in the equipment.

FISCAL NOTE:  No impact on state funds.

PROPONENTS:  Supporters say that the bill will increase the
donation of used fire protection equipment to volunteer fire
departments that greatly need equipment, while still providing
the volunteer fire departments with some protection.

Testifying for the bill were Senator Johnson; and Missouri Fire
Service Alliance.

OPPONENTS:  There was no opposition voiced to the committee.

Julie Jinkens McNitt, Legislative Analyst

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