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Discussion Topic Update: Do Landowners Need More Liability Protection?

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May 29, 2007

Discussion Topic Update: Do Landowners Need More Liability Protection?

By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

In 2004, a Pennsylvania man hunting private land with permission shot a pregnant woman who was not on the property and who later won a lawsuit against not just the hunter, but also the landowner. When we asked last month, most of you said landowners do need more liability protection. Now the Pennsylvania House has unanimously passed a bill that would give it to them. From The Morning Call:

Legislation that would dramatically increase liability protection for landowners who allow hunting on their properties was unanimously adopted by the state House last week, and Gov. Ed Rendell has vowed to sign the bill into law if it receives Senate approval.

House members voted 199-0 Wednesday in favor of House Bill 13, which would make it clear that landowners who allow public hunting access without charging a fee incur no liability for property damage or personal injuries caused by hunters -- regardless of whether the damage occurs on the landowner's property or off it.

What’s your reaction? Should other states adopt similar legislation?

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from RAH wrote 6 years 39 weeks ago

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO'S LAND IT IS... IF SOMEONE IS NEGLIGENT THEN THE BLAME FALLS ON THEM. HOW CAN YOU BLAME THE LAND OWNER WHEN AN ACCIDENT HAPPENS? IF PEOPLE KEEP THIS KINDA REDICULOUS STUFF UP THEN LAND OWNERS WON'T LEASE THEIR LAND AND WE WON'T HAVE A PLACE TO HUNT!

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from r martin wrote 6 years 46 weeks ago

I think that is great idea I let people hunt on my land and chg no fee and I worry about that alot

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from RAH wrote 6 years 39 weeks ago

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO'S LAND IT IS... IF SOMEONE IS NEGLIGENT THEN THE BLAME FALLS ON THEM. HOW CAN YOU BLAME THE LAND OWNER WHEN AN ACCIDENT HAPPENS? IF PEOPLE KEEP THIS KINDA REDICULOUS STUFF UP THEN LAND OWNERS WON'T LEASE THEIR LAND AND WE WON'T HAVE A PLACE TO HUNT!

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from r martin wrote 6 years 46 weeks ago

I think that is great idea I let people hunt on my land and chg no fee and I worry about that alot

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