Protecting NH landowners and keeping land open

Over the last few years, land owners have become increasingly concerned that if they open their land to hunters, hikers, etc., and those folks get hurt, that they are liable.  Due to a few actual law suits, these concerns were valid.  We were faced with a scenario where land owners across New Hampshire would begin posting their land, and removing acreage from those available for recreation today.  This is a large concern here in the rural areas of Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington where we have so much unspoiled land.  Thanks to HB 1551, this has been averted.  This bill affords property owners protection when they allow people to use their land for free.  If a property owner deliberately creates a dangerous situation or causes injury, they are still liable.  If the land owner receives compensation for the use of the land, then they are also liable and should be carrying the appropriate insurance.  However, if you’re just a nice person who wants to let people enjoy your land, now you’re protected.  Read the bill for yourself here http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1551.html

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his fifth term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Chairman of the Sullivan County Delegation.
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