State Assembly: Random Acts of Kindness Are OK

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The state Assembly has adopted legislation shielding Good Samaritans from lawsuits when they come to someone's aid in California.

The bill by Assemblyman Mike Feuer was passed Thursday by a 74-0 vote. No lawmaker spoke in opposition.

The Los Angeles Democrat introduced the bill after the California Supreme Court in December ruled that the state's Good Samaritan law only protects people from liability if they are administering emergency medical care.

The ruling stemmed out of a lawsuit brought by a Southern California woman whose friend pulled her from a wrecked car. Alexandra Van Horn was left paralyzed from the 2004 crash and she sued Lisa Torti for pulling her out of the car "like a rag doll."

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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