STATEHOUSE – State Representative Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) authored a bill to increase safety and awareness in recreational facilities that are operated by universities or colleges. House Bill (HB) 1045 passed with a vote of 11-0 out of the Judiciary Committee.
“This bill works to better safeguard students, faculty and staff that use recreational facilities, weight rooms, tracks, swimming pools or other sports facilities on college campuses,” said Rep. Morrison.
If enacted, HB 1045 would require that recreational facilities, which are a part of a university or college, must have a sign posting their rules and regulations at three noticeable locations like an entrance. The sign must specify the duties and responsibilities of the users at the facilities.
Posting signs is common practice for recreational facilities across Indiana. This not only protects those who use the facilities, but also provides a layer of protection against civil cases.
“Protecting those who are using recreational facilities on college campuses is the main goal of this bill,” said Rep. Morrison. “We want to encourage all students to utilize their college’s exercise facilities, and this bill ensures they will be taking the necessary precautions when doing so.”
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.