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February 6, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Amendment SA 50 proposed by Senator Rockefeller for Senator Leahy.
February 7, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Considered by Senate.
February 13, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Considered by Senate.
February 14, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Considered by Senate.
February 15, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Considered by Senate.
February 16, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Considered by Senate.
February 16, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Amendment SA 50 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 50. Mr. LEAHY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 223, to modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United States, provide modernization of the air traffic control system, reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:
TITLE __--EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDERS PROTECTION AND LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR CERTAIN VOLUNTEER PILOTS


Subtitle A--Emergency Medical Service Providers Protection


SEC. X01. DALE LONG EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE PROVIDERS PROTECTION ACT.
(a) Short Title.--This subtitle may be cited as the "Dale Long Emergency Medical Service Providers Protection Act".
(b) Eligibility.--Section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (7), by striking "public employee member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew;" and inserting "employee or volunteer member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew (including a ground or air ambulance service) that--
"(A) is a public agency; or
"(B) is (or is a part of) a nonprofit entity serving the public that--
"(i) is officially authorized or licensed to engage in rescue activity or to provide emergency medical services; and
"(ii) is officially designated as a pre-hospital emergency medical response agency;"; and
(2) in paragraph (9)--
(A) in subparagraph (A), by striking "as a chaplain" and all that follows through the semicolon, and inserting "or as a chaplain;";
(B) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking "or" after the semicolon;
(C) in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking the period and inserting "; or"; and
(D) by adding at the end the following:
"(D) a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew who, as authorized or licensed by law and by the applicable agency or entity (and as designated by such agency or entity), is engaging in rescue activity or in the provision of emergency medical services.".
(c) Offset.--Of the unobligated balances available under the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund, $13,000,000 are permanently cancelled.
(d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by subsection (b) shall apply only to injuries sustained on or after June 1, 2009.
Subtitle B--Liability Protection


SEC. X11. SHORT TITLE.
This subtitle may be cited as the "Volunteer Pilot Protection Act of 2011".
SEC. X12. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
(1) Many volunteer pilots fly for public benefit and provide valuable services to communities and individuals.
(2) In calendar year 2006, volunteer pilots provided long-distance, no-cost transportation for more than 58,000 people during times of special need.
(b) Purpose.--The purpose of this title is to promote the activities of volunteer pilots that fly for public benefit and to sustain the availability of the services that such volunteers provide, including the following:
(1) Transportation at no cost to financially needy medical patients for medical treatment, evaluation, and diagnosis.
(2) Flights for humanitarian and charitable purposes.
(3) Other flights of compassion.
SEC. X13. LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR VOLUNTEER PILOTS THAT FLY FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT.
Section 4 of the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997 (42 U.S.C. 14503) is amended in subsection (a)(4)--
(1) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively;
(2) by striking "the harm" and inserting "(A) except in the case of subparagraph (B), the harm";
(3) in subparagraph (A)(ii), as redesignated by this paragraph, by striking the period at the end and inserting "; and"; and
(4) by adding at the end the following:
"(B) the volunteer--
"(i) was operating an aircraft to promote the activities of volunteer pilots that fly for public benefit and to sustain the availability of the services that such volunteers provide, including transportation at no cost to financially needy medical patients for medical treatment, evaluation, and diagnosis, and for humanitarian and charitable purposes; and
"(ii) was properly licensed and insured for the operation of such aircraft.".
(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Feb 4, 2011.)