The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill to ensure that off-duty first responders who provide emergency care are not subject to lawsuits.

Senate President Therese Murray said the so-called 'Good Samaritan Bill' will provide legal protections for off-duty firefighters and emergency medical technicians who race to help in the event of a disaster like the Boston Marathon bombings. She says existing 'Good Samaritan' laws don't currently apply to off-duty first responders whose professional responsibilities include providing emergency medical care. Supporters say those who rush to help shouldn't have to worry about lawsuits.

The bill now heads to the Massachusetts House.