Wednesday, March 28, 2012

S.B. 445, "An Act Concerning Liability for the Recreational Use of Land."

I thought I would make you aware of a this bill that will be voted on very soon by the State Legislature that could restrict your use of public lands.  If this is important to you, please contact your state legislators and ask them to vote against S.B. 445, "An Act Concerning Liability for the Recreational Use of Land."
The only public hearing on this bill will be held by the Judiciary Committee this Thursday, March 29th starting at 10:00 a.m., so please send your emails, letters, and/or make your calls ASAP
You might be wondering, "Didn't the CT General Assembly take care of this recreational liability issue last year?" In fact, they did, through the passage of P.L. 11-211 which restored protection to municipalities, with limited exceptions which we agreed to.

However, S.B. 445 proposes to make the following important areas on municipal lands ineligible for protection under the Recreational Liability Statute:

* boardwalks
* public beaches
* paved sidewalks (could include the Greenways)

I have to wonder why the State Legislature is even considering making these negative modifications to the protection they offered municipalities just last year.  Use of this open space is good for the health of our state's residents, business and communities.  If anyone has a clue, please let me know.

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