Driscoll introduces legislation to protect volunteer park organizations from liability for volunteer public services, projects

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – Rep. Michael Driscoll today announced legislation that would prevent a volunteer park organization from generally being held liable for volunteer public services, programs and projects.

“Our volunteer park organizations that so often organize the advocacy, care and enhancement of our community and public parks give back to the communities they serve in countless ways,” Driscoll said. “It is only right that these volunteer organizations are not open to liability for the volunteer public services and activities they provide, but there’s currently no law that protects them. That’s why I’ve introduced House Bill 2310, to ensure that our volunteer organizations are protected from liability that should never be placed on their shoulders to begin with.

“Volunteers should be rewarded not punished by lawsuits,” Driscoll said.

Driscoll said the volunteer park organizations are often doing invaluable work that falls under the authority of local municipal or county governments, and that no matter how well organized an organization or effort is, there are always risks for accidents. His intention is to protect the volunteer park organizations that help their communities by eliminating the risk of liability to them.

Learn more about this proposed legislation and others online here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDocs/Legis/CSM/DisplayMemos.cfm?SPick=20190&Chamber=H&MemberID=1688.