Game Commission Praises House Passage of Readshaw Bill to Amend Landowner Liability Law

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today praised the state House of Representatives for its unanimous approval of House Bill 13, sponsored by Rep. Harry A. Readshaw (D-Allegheny), which seeks to amend the state’s landowner liability law.

On May 23, the House voted 199-0 to send Readshaw’s bill to the Senate for further consideration.

“For decades, the Recreational Use of Land and Water Act stood to protect landowners who agree to open their land to hunters,” Roe said. “However, a recent civil case in Lehigh County, demonstrated that there was a need to strengthen the law, thereby continuing to provide liability protection for landowners who generously open their lands to hunters.

“With House approval of Rep. Readshaw’s bill, we now look forward to working with the Senate to advance this measure to Gov. Edward G. Rendell’s desk in a timely manner.”

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