S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 5, 2011
Introduced by Sens. YOUNG, BONACIC, JOHNSON, RANZENHOFER -- read twice
and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
AN ACT to direct the superintendent of insurance to study the feasibil-
ity of developing and implementing a liability reform plan for private
landowners who provide public access to their lands for various recre-
ational activities; and providing for the repeal of such provisions
upon expiration thereof
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Legislative intent. Private land owners are potentially
exposed to extensive civil liabilities for providing public access to
their lands for recreational opportunities. Therefore, it is increasing-
ly difficult to negotiate recreational opportunities that traverse
private land. However, if private landowners were insulated from civil
liabilities when opening up parts of their property for public recre-
ational activities, such activities would increase.
S 2. The superintendent of insurance shall study the feasibility of
developing and implementing a liability reform plan for private land
owners who provide the public with access to their lands for various
recreational activities including, but not limited to, hunting, fishing,
hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, mountain
biking and operating all terrain vehicles. Such study shall include any
relevant information which shall further the intent of this act.
S 3. A report of the findings of such study, recommendations of the
superintendent of insurance and any proposed legislation necessary to
implement such findings shall be filed with the governor, the temporary
president of the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority lead-
er of the senate and the minority leader of the assembly within one year
after the effective date of this act.
S 4. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be
deemed repealed one year after such date.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.