State officials are looking over two bills that would either keep or end liability protection for cities and counties during drowning incidents.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Kauai, Maui and Honolulu officials held a news conference Wednesday to urge lawmakers to extend liability protections for lifeguards working at public beaches. Under current state law, the county, state and lifeguards have limited protection from lawsuits when lifeguards undertake rescues.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Scott Nishimoto moved a bill draft last week that would end that protection June 30. At the same time, another bill draft is moving in the state senate that would extend the protection until June 30, 2021. – Hawai’i News Now
Both sides of the political spectrum have their own reasons for each bill. One side wanting lifeguards & the state to take liability for “performing below the standard