HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 971        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1348


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the expansion of the Good Samaritan law.






Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.

5th Worcester

Joseph D. McKenna

18th Worcester

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Shawn Dooley

9th Norfolk

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Ryan C. Fattman

Worcester and Norfolk

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

Paul K. Frost

7th Worcester

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Stephan Hay

3rd Worcester

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Randy Hunt

5th Barnstable

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Hannah Kane

11th Worcester

John J. Mahoney

13th Worcester

Lenny Mirra

2nd Essex

Frank A. Moran

17th Essex

Mathew J. Muratore

1st Plymouth

Smitty Pignatelli

4th Berkshire

David Allen Robertson

19th Middlesex

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Michael J. Soter

8th Worcester

Susannah M. Whipps

2nd Franklin

Jonathan D. Zlotnik

2nd Worcester

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 971        FILED ON: 1/15/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1348

By Mr. Berthiaume of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1348) of Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr., and others relative to liability of persons in transit in private vehicles rendering care and assistance to persons in need.  The Judiciary.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court



An Act relative to the expansion of the Good Samaritan law.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Good Samaritan

Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new section:-

Section X. Any properly licensed person, under the jurisdiction of a publicly recognized organization, and/or any individual person in good faith in a private legally registered insured vehicle, to voluntarily transport any needy person(s) to a designated destination and return.  Doing so without compensation except for tolls, parking, shall not be liable for acts of omissions causing harm, other than gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct, resulting from transport of such person(s)