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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2014 03:22 PM
From: Senator Richard L. Alloway, II
To: All Senate members
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation to amend Act 586 of 1965, known as the Recreational Use of Land and Water Act. This act provides landowners protection against liability when they allow individuals to use their land for recreational purposes.

Recreational purpose as defined by the original legislation means any activity undertaken or viewed for exercise, sport, education, recreation, relaxation, or pleasure and includes, but is not limited to: hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, camping, picnicking, hiking, pleasure driving, nature study, water skiing, water sports, cave exploration, and viewing or enjoying historical, archeological, scenic, or scientific sites. This legislation will expand the definition to include: snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicle and motorcycle riding.

This legislation would also expand the definition of land, includes coverage for physical improvements to properties, provides clarification that the current liability protection provided to landowners is not limited by the location of the aggrieved person or property, and provides to the landowners an award of attorney fees for a property owner who under the Act successfully defends a law suit.

This legislation was introduced as SB494 of 2013 and previous co-sponsors included: Alloway, Wozniak, Folmer, D. White, Rafferty, Mensch, Hutchinson, Vogel, Eichelberger, Schwank, Boscola, and Scarnati.

Introduced as SB72