The Office of the Governor of the State of Nebraska

08/07/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/07/2020 09:04

Gov. Ricketts Signs Legislation to Protect Good Samaritans

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Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Justin Pinkerman, 402-471-1967

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Gov. Ricketts Signs Legislation to Protect Good Samaritans

Gov. Ricketts signs LB 832 into law.

LINCOLN - Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he has signed LB 832 into law. LB 832, introduced by Senator Bruce Bostelman of Brainard, gives legal protection to 'good Samaritans' who forcibly enter a locked vehicle to rescue an endangered child. For instance, it provides immunity from civil liability for someone who breaks a window to save a baby stranded in a hot car.

'When Nebraskans see a child stranded in a hot car, we want them to take action,' said Gov. Ricketts. 'Senator Bostelman's bill protects Good Samaritans who do what's needed to rescue a child in danger.'

'It's heartbreaking whenever a child is lost from heatstroke after being trapped in a hot vehicle,' said Senator Bostelman. 'LB 832 raises awareness about these tragedies and empowers Nebraskans to respond when necessary to save a life.'

The National Safety Council has launched a 'Look before You Lock!' campaign to prevent vehicular heatstroke. Click here to view a list of simple actions that can help keep children safe.