Senate moves bill forward to discourage lawsuits

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A bill moved forward Monday in the Senate to discourage lawsuits from people injured in sports and recreational activities.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, said the bill's intent is to have people who engage in sports and recreational activities be responsible for the risk involved.

He used the example of a person who goes hiking with a friend and is injured tripping on a rock.

We are basically saying common sense is the rule here. In this state, we're saying you can't sue here if you don't pick up your feet,'' he said.

Seekins said the bill would not shield negligent companies or providers of recreational activities from lawsuits. It could, however, help businesses that have to pay for costly liability insurance, he said.

The bill could come up for a final vote Tuesday. It then would go to the House for consideration.

Seekins said he expected his House colleagues to pass it.

I think most people understand it is common sense,'' he said.

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