Hawaii lawmakers to vote on lifeguard liability protections

Hawaii lawmakers to vote on lifeguard liability protections

HONOLULU (AP) - 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.

If lawmakers do not work out the differences between the bills and do nothing, the protection will still end this year.

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