March 27, 2009
Volume VIII, Edition 11
Good Samaritan Legislation Passed by Both the House and Senate
SF 280 ensures that any person or firm that lends help in the time of a disaster can not be held liable for any civil damages. This bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously and awaits the governor’s signature.
This concept was high on the list for MBI members from areas impacted by last summer’s severe weather. As a result, MBI made passage of SF 280 a policy priority for 2009. MBI appreciates the input provided by all members in helping this bill through the legislative process.
Revenue Numbers Disrupt Schedule at the Capitol
Legislators are still reeling from last week’s revenue numbers. If you recall additional revenue shortfalls for the current fiscal year are estimated to be $130 million forcing the governor and the legislature to find new cuts above and beyond the previous 1.5 percent across-the-board cuts (approximately $100 million) proposed earlier in the session. Also, the legislature must reduce its budget targets for FY 2010 – which kicks in on July 1 – by an additional $270 million, which is in addition to the $133 million reduction previously considered.