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Land Stewardship Volunteer Grantee Immunity

Concerning qualified immunity for persons performing land stewardship activities on public lands.
2017 Regular Session
Natural Resources & Environment
Bill Summary

The bill strengthens existing legal protections under the federal 'Volunteer Protection Act of 1997' and Colorado's 'Volunteer Service Act' for individual volunteers and nonprofit entities who build or maintain recreational trails and related facilities pursuant to grants received under Colorado's 'Recreational Trails System Act of 1971'. Specifically, the bill:

  • Establishes either gross negligence or willful and wanton conduct as the minimum basis for liability, depending on whether the subject is an individual volunteer, a nonprofit entity, or a director, officer, or trustee of a nonprofit entity;
  • Prohibits a grant agreement or procurement contract from requiring a nonprofit entity or volunteer to obtain insurance coverage for liability arising from completed operations; and
  • Extends qualified immunity to a volunteer who operates a motor vehicle, including an off-highway vehicle or snowmobile, as part of a land stewardship activity.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details