It is urgent that you act now because the legislative session may soon end.
A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision defining a visitor on a farm tour as not a protected category of recreational use has landowners across the state concerned. The uproar is the loss of liability immunity for allowing people to recreate on private land free of charge. The recreational liability protections in question were developed in the 60’s and implemented in various ways by legislatures across the country to allow landowners the freedom from nuisance litigation from allowing people to hunt, fish, boat, watch nature, etc.
Adding to the uproar is that there is great confusion on this issue and many divergent opinions on how the case affects landowners. The confusion should be cleared up before the legislature leaves town or we could very well see substantial losses in access to private land along rivers.
Urge your Representative to support HSB240 to make it clear that recreational use of private lands is protected or we may have much fewer paddling, fishing and riverside experiences in Iowa.
Iowa General Assembly (find a bill): http://www.legis.iowa.gov/index.aspx
Iowa Senators and Representatives: Find your legislators
Iowa Senate: 515.281.3371
Iowa House: 515.281.3221
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Iowa Rivers Revival
PO Box 72, Des Moines, IA 50301
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