Report 114-193: Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act, Report of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, December 16, 2015 [open pdf - 213KB]
This is the December 16, 2015 report "Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act" of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the 'Background and the Need' section: "Volunteer Good Samaritan search-and-rescue teams must currently apply for and receive a Federal permit and meet liability insurance requirements before they are allowed to search for missing persons on Federal land. H.R. 373 was introduced in response to the tragic stories of Mr. Keith Goldberg and Air Force Staff Sergeant Antonio Tucker. These individuals were missing for over a year in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, administered by the National Park Service, before volunteer Good Samaritan search-and-recovery teams received government authorization to begin search operations. In both cases, the teams had to wait to access the public lands to conduct the searches for over a year due to difficulties navigating existing Federal permitting and liability insurance requirements for such operations. Once access was granted, these missing persons were recovered almost immediately. H.R. 373 expedites access to public lands for Good Samaritan search-and-recovery organizations to help bring closure to families of missing persons as quickly as possible. H.R. 373 requires that permits for accessing public lands for search and rescue missions be issued or denied to eligible organizations or individuals within 48 hours of application. The bill provides that eligible organizations or individuals do not have to obtain an insurance policy if they waive federal government liability. It also enables the Federal government to develop long-term partnerships with search-and-rescue organizations, thereby conserving government resources and possibly saving lives."
|Report Number:||Report 114-193; Calendar No. 338|
|Publisher:||United States. Government Publishing Office|
|Retrieved From:||U.S. Government Printing Office: https://www.gpo.gov/|