Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Actby Representative Joseph J. Heck
Posted on 2015-01-13
HECK of Nevada asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. HECK of Nevada. Mr. Speaker, it has been nearly 3 years since Las
Vegas taxi driver Keith Goldberg was abducted, killed, and his body
dumped in the Lake Mead Recreation Area.
When law enforcement searches for Keith's body were ended due to limited resources, the Goldberg family turned to Red Rock Search and Rescue, a nonprofit group of trained professionals, to continue the search.
They immediately hit a Federal regulatory roadblock. The team from Red Rock was told they needed to obtain a $1 million insurance policy for a special use permit to gain access to Federal lands.
It took 9 months for the group to raise the funds necessary to obtain the insurance. When they finally entered the park almost 1 year after Keith first went missing, it took the team all of 2 hours to locate Keith's remains.
Mr. Speaker, last Congress, I introduced legislation to allow Good Samaritan search groups to waive Federal liability and access public lands to conduct missing persons searches. It passed this House by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 394-0. Unfortunately, time expired on the session before the Senate could take action.
I come to the floor today to announce that tomorrow I will, once again, introduce the Good Samaritan Search and Recovery Act. I urge the House to take swift action on this legislation because unnecessary red tape must not continue to get in the way of providing closure for families like the Goldbergs.