Committee Advances Moul Bill to Protect Landowners Who Permit Recreational Use

HARRISBURG – The House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee today approved legislation, sponsored by committee member Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin), which expands protections for landowners who open their land for recreational use. 

House Bill 544 amends the Recreational Use of Land and Water Act of 1965 to further protect landowners who permit their land to be used – free of charge – for recreational purposes.  While current law limits landowner liability for sportsmen-type activity such as hunting and fishing, Moul’s bill, which was voted out of committee today, would expand recreational uses to include activity for exercise, sport, education, recreation, relaxation or pleasure, including snowmobiling, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycle riding.  Moul’s bill would also 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,” said Moul.  “We have a lot of open land in Adams County and throughout Pennsylvania, and the recreational opportunities are endless. I am hopeful that my legislation will encourage more landowners to open their land to recreational users and that the public will have a greater opportunity to enjoy their goodwill.”

Moul’s legislation now goes to the full House for consideration.

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Donna Pinkham
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