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State Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Uniontown) applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 17, legislation that gives legal protection to architects, engineers, surveyors and tradespersons who provide their expertise and service during a time of emergency, like a tornado.


Under the bill, which is similar to legislation that passed out of the House in the previous General Assembly, volunteers who are acting in those capacities are granted immunity from civil liability for errors or omissions that occur while performing their services. Current law provides no protections against civil lawsuits for people in those professions working in their official capacities.


“Offering protection to the very individuals that offer themselves as volunteers is the right thing to do,” said DeVitis. “This bill will offer encouragement to engineers and architects to offer their skills in the time of need.”


Immunity extends throughout the period of a declared emergency, as well as 90 days following.


The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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