Morrison: Bill to increase safety at recreational facilities passes House

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, February 4, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) authored legislation that increases safety for individuals using recreational facilities at an elementary, secondary or postsecondary school. House Bill (HB) 1045 passed the Indiana House of Representatives with a vote of 80-16.

“Recreational facilities are used by students, parents, teachers and even members of the community,” said Rep. Morrison. “That is why, it is important for users of these facilities, especially the public, to be knowledgeable and understand the expectations of using the equipment as well as some of the risks involved.”

If enacted, HB 1045 encourages Indiana’s educational institutions to post three signs in visible locations that would outline the duties of the recreational user as well as the duties, obligations and liabilities of the institution. If a school chooses not to post the signs, they can continue to utilize the use of waiver forms for those who use the facilities.

The bill ensures that schools that fully comply with operator’s duties and responsibilities, like ensuring that equipment is in good mechanical condition, would have legal protection in certain cases. 

“By posting these signs, we are not only working to keep Hoosiers safe, but also limiting the amount of administrative work burdening Hoosier schools,” said Rep. Morrison.

HB 1045 will now head to the Senate for further consideration and debate. For more information visit www.iga.in.gov.

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Rep. Alan Morrison represents all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and is a member of Natural Resources and Utilities and Energy Committees.