The Maine House killed a bill that would have required people who observe another person being injured to immediately seek first aid for the victim.

The House voted 86-56 on March 23 to accept the recommendation of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee that the bill, LD 1738, ought not to pass.

Under the proposed law, a person would be liable for civil damages if they failed to report a serious injury to authorities in an effort to get medical treatment for the victim.

The law would not have required citizens to provide first aid. The mandate would have been in place regardless of whether the injury was self-inflicted, was caused by another person, or was an accident.

Government entities and government employees would have been exempt from the requirement.

Voting to kill the legislation were Reps. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston; Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland; House Speaker Hannah Pingree of North Haven; Joan Welsh, D-Rockport; Wendy Pieh, D-Bremen; Jonathan McKane, R-Newcastle; John Piotti, D-Unity; and Veronica Magnan, D-Stockton Springs.

“I think the people of Maine will do the right thing without making it law,” Welsh said. “This is a moral obligation and I don’t think it should be codified. Additionally, there could be unintended consequences for right intended people who might not be able to report such an injury, for various reasons, in the time this bill would require.”

Mazurek said the bill had too many legal problems to be workable.

“The idea is good; everyone should help out someone when possible,” Mazurek said.

Voting to keep the bill alive were Reps. Wes Richardson, R-Warren; Jayne Crosby-Giles, R-Belfast; and Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport.