43 U.S. Code § 1742a - Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act
(a) DefinitionsIn this section:
(1) EligibleThe term “eligible”, with respect to an organization or individual, means that the organization or individual, respectively, is—
composed entirely of members who, at the time of the good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission, have attained the age of majority under the law of the State where the mission takes place.
(2) Good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission
(1) In general
(2) InclusionsThe process developed and implemented under this subsection shall include provisions to clarify that—
(A) an eligible organization or individual granted access under this section—
chapter 81 of title 5 (commonly known as the “Federal Employees Compensation Act”) shall not apply to an eligible organization or individual conducting a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section, and the conduct of the good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission shall not constitute civilian employment.
(c) Release of Federal Government from liabilityThe Secretary shall not require an eligible organization or individual to have liability insurance as a condition of accessing Federal land under this section, if the eligible organization or individual—
acknowledges and consents, in writing, to the provisions described in subparagraphs (A) through (D) of subsection (b)(2); and
signs a waiver releasing the Federal Government from all liability relating to the access granted under this section and agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the United States from any claims or lawsuits arising from any conduct by the eligible organization or individual on Federal land.
(d) Approval and denial of requests
(1) In general
(2) DenialsIf the Secretary denies a request from an eligible organization or individual to carry out a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section, the Secretary shall notify the eligible organization or individual of—
any actions that the eligible organization or individual can take to meet the requirements for the request to be approved.
(e) PartnershipsEach Secretary shall develop search-and-recovery-focused partnerships with search-and-recovery organizations—
(f) ReportNot later than 180 days after March 12, 2019, the Secretaries shall submit to Congress a joint report describing—
Section was enacted as part of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, and not as part of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 which comprises this chapter.
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