Recreational facility immunity

The House Judiciary Committee heard HB 1045, concerning recreational facility immunity. Author Rep. Morrison introduced this legislation, explaining that it applies to postsecondary educational institutions and specifies the duties and responsibilities of the users and operators of their recreational facilities. The bill establishes a complete defense to a civil action for operators who comply with those duties and responsibilities. He explained several of the new rules regarding posting signage for communicating rules at the facilities for users, as well as expectations of operators regarding maintenance and code compliance.

Testifying in favor of the bill were representatives from: Independent Colleges of Indiana; Indiana State University; and, the Insurance Institute of Indiana. An amendment was introduced deleting the requirement that a supervisor must be on duty for every 175 users, and requiring only a supervisor be on duty when the facility is open. The amendment was adopted by consent, and the bill passed as amended 11-0.

Read the bill at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1045.