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AB-3066 Homeless services: religious entities: immunity from civil liability.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 3066


Introduced by Assembly Member Lackey
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Mathis)

February 21, 2020


An act to add Section 1714.27 to the Civil Code, relating to civil liability.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3066, as introduced, Lackey. Homeless services: religious entities: immunity from civil liability.
Existing law generally provides that everyone is responsible, not only for the result of their willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by that person’s want of ordinary care or skill in the management of their property or person, except as specified.
This bill would exempt an entity organized and operating exclusively for religious purposes as a place of worship from civil liability for an injury occurring on its premises and resulting from the provision of services to homeless persons, unless the injury results from gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1714.27 is added to the Civil Code, to read:

1714.27.
 (a) An entity organized and operating exclusively for religious purposes as a place of worship shall not be liable for an injury occurring on its premises and resulting from the provision of services to homeless persons unless the injury results from gross negligence or intentional misconduct in the provision of those services.
(b) (1) An injury resulting from the provision of services to homeless persons includes, but is not limited to, an injury caused by or to a homeless person who receives services at the place of worship.
(2) Services to homeless persons include, but are not limited to, a temporary shelter.