The Senate Civil Justice Committee approved AIA Ohio’s Good Samaritan Bill, HB17, December 8 sending the bill to the Rules Committee where it will await a vote by the full Senate.  

HB 17 would grant a volunteer who is an architect, engineer, surveyor or contractor qualified immunity from civil liability for any acts, errors, or omissions conducted in the performance of professional services that are requested by government officials, for a building, structure, piping, or other engineered system during a declared emergency and 90 days thereafter. 

No immunity would be granted from wanton, willful or intentional misconduct.