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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 16, 2021 03:29 PM
From: Representative Martina A. White and Rep. James B. Struzzi, II, Rep. Michael J. Driscoll, Rep. Perry S. Warren
To: All House members
Subject: Amending the Recreational Use of Land and Water Act (RULWA)
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation that will amend RULWA to provide protections for volunteers, volunteer organizations, and those that landowners invite onto their property in order to improve the property for recreational use.

RULWA was created in order to encourage landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes by limiting liability to the landowners. Our amendment will extend that limited liability protection to volunteers, volunteer organizations, and those who the landowner invites onto their property who “without compensation, provide services to care for, enhance, preserve, restore or maintain land for recreational purposes.”

Recently we have heard from an organization who has been swept up in lawsuits filed against landowners where they volunteer, but that have nothing to do with the volunteers and volunteer organizations themselves, or their volunteer work. Situations of this type make it impossible, or nearly impossible, for these non-profit volunteer organizations to obtain reasonable liability insurance, putting their beneficial volunteer operations at risk. This legislation will help effectively address these issues.

Please join us in cosponsoring this bill.
Thank you.

Introduced as HB1694