Pa. House OKs bill to guard landowners from frivolous lawsuits

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Pennsylvania law that protects landowners from frivolous lawsuits when they allow hunting and fishing would be expanded under a bill approved by the state House.

House Bill 544 would amend the Recreational Use of Land and Water Act of 1965 to protect landowners who open their land for other recreational use such as exercise, education and recreation, including snowmobiling and the riding of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles.

Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) said his proposal would award legal fees to property owners who are sued by recreational users and found not liable.

“Landowners who permit the free use of their property for recreational purposes should not have to worry that they will be sued for doing so,” Moul said in a statement. “Adams County has a lot of open space that would be accessible to the general public for recreational purposes if landowners could be assured they are not opening themselves up to liability should someone get hurt on their property.”

House Bill 544 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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