SECTION 1. Subsection (a) of section 12V1/2 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after the definition of an “AED provider”, the following definition:-
“Charitable organization”, a non-profit organization, subject to the provisions of section 6 of chapter 180, whose direct services include health and wellness programming for the community.
SECTION 2. Said section 12V1/2 of said chapter 112, as so appearing, is further amended by adding the following subsections:-
(d) a charitable organization shall have on the premises at least 1 AED, as defined in this section, and shall have in attendance during staffed business hours at least 1 employee or authorized volunteer as an AED provider.
(e) Absent a showing of gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct, no cause of action against an organization or its employees may arise in connection with the use or non-use of a defibrillator.
SECTION 3. All organizations addressed within this act shall comply with the provisions of this section by January 31, 2011.
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