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Senate Bill 1120 (Keene 1984)

Chapter 275, Statutes of 1984

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Health and Safety Code section 1799.107 was the only section affected with the passage of Senate Bill 1120, introduced by Senator Barry Keene on March 4, 1983.  (See Exhibit A, #1e)  Senator Keene introduced this measure on March 4, 1983 on behalf of the California State Firemen’s Association (CSFA).  (See Exhibit A, #1a; #3; and #13, document PE-4)

Senate Bill 1120 was heard in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and was approved by that committee and sent to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary during the 1983 legislative session.  However, the bill did not get out of the Assembly Committee on Judiciary during the 1983 session and was held over during the interim.  (See Exhibit A, #2)   In 1984, no action was taken on the bill until late May, at which time this legislation was taken up once again by the Assembly committee.  (Id.)  The bill was approved by the Legislature on June 21, 1984, signed by Governor George Deukmejian on July 2, 1984, and recorded on July 3, 1984 as Chapter 275 of the Statutes of 1984.  (See Exhibit A, #1e and #2)

The Senate Republican Analysis of Senate Bill 1120, as last amended on May 31, 1984, summarized the measure as follows:

 

This bill would grant public entities and emergency rescue personnel acting within the scope of their employment, immunity from liability for injuries caused by any action taken when providing emergency services, unless the action was performed in bad faith or in a grossly negligent manner.  The bill contains a presumption that such actions have been performed in good faith and without gross negligence.

(See Exhibit A, #10, page 1)