House Looks To Limit Liability Of Private Air Strip Owners

LANSING, MI (AP) – Horse owners and private air strip operators would be exempt from liability in certain cases where people are injured under two bills moving through the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature.

On Tuesday, the state House approved a bill 79-31 that would add aviation to the recreational activities for which an injured person couldn’t sue a landowner.

The bill’s sponsor is Republican Rep. Peter Pettalia of Presque Isle. He says it would protect landowners from people who trespass on private land with aircraft and are injured in the process.

The protection already applies for cases involving fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and other recreational activities where the injured person was trespassing.

Another bill that was approved 63-46 would limit liabilities for horse and other equine owners if someone riding the animal is injured.

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