Thursday, January 27, 2011

Public Hearing to Restore Recreation Liability Protection to Minicipalities: Follow up to January 16, 2011 Post

I received the following message of interest from Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA) via the Farmington Valley Trails Council.

Recreational Liability Public Hearing is Monday
Late yesterday, the Environment Committee set a Public Hearing for Monday, January 31st, Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. 

Working with many supporting organizations, towns, and businesses, we were able to get an active crowd to the MDC Public Hearing last July.  Together we developed a position paper and other materials on Recreational Liability .

The Bill that will be heard by the Environment Committee on Monday is S.B. 831. S.B. 831 would restore the liability protection to Municipalities that is currently afforded to state, private, utility, and corporate landowners who make their land open for the free use and enjoyment of the public.  This liability protection was available to municipalities for 25 years before it was removed in a controversial court case in 1996, Conway v. Wilton. 

** If you wish to testify, sign-up for the hearing will begin at 11:00 A.M. on January 31st in Room 1E of the LOB.  You need to submit 40 copies of written testimony to Committee staff one hour prior to the start of the hearing in Room 1E of the LOB.  The first hour of the hearing is reserved for public officials.  Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.

Please help spread the word ... this is very short notice ... and we need you!

All the best,

Eric Hammerling
CFPA Executive Director

p.s.  To assist anyone interested in providing testimony (but who may not have the ability to make 40 copies of it and bring it to the LOB), we are glad to make copies for you at CFPA IF you get your testimony to me via by 9:00 a.m. this Sunday 1/30. 

If you require more information, please contact CFPA directly:

16 Meriden Road
Rockfall, Connecticut 06481
(860) 346-2372

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