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Proposed Legislation to Protect Michigan Campgrounds Against Frivolous Lawsuits

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A bipartisan plan seeking to preserve and protect Michigan campgrounds was introduced on Tuesday by State Representative Ken Borton.

According to a press release, House Bill 5862 aims to shield campgrounds against frivolous lawsuits based on risks that naturally come with camping.

“Northern Michigan campgrounds are great vacation spots for local residents and tourists to stay in our scenic outdoors,” Borton said. “We all want to keep these venues open and safe for campers to enjoy. My plan will protect our camps from ridiculous lawsuits, ensuring safety without requiring unnecessary interference with our natural environment.”

Campground owners in Michigan, such as Vince Rogala of Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping, expressed support. 

“There are countless opportunities for camping in Michigan — with unlimited benefits. This legislation will help campground owners run safe camps without fear of frivolous lawsuits. Campground owners across the state look forward to working with Rep. Borton, the other bill sponsors, and the entire Michigan Legislature to preserve our terrific Michigan campgrounds,” Rogala said. He is also the president of Camp Michigan.

HB 5862 would give immunity to an owner or employee of a private campground from civil liability for physical harm or property damage resulting from an inherent risk of camping. Under the bill, inherent risks include features of the natural world, lack of lighting, weather, campfires, wildlife, other visitors’ actions, fireworks not authorized by the campground, and use of playground or pool equipment.

The bill would require campgrounds to post signage at any registration area stating that the campground is not liable for inherent risks of camping, with listed examples.

Still, the legislation maintains reasonable expectations for campground safety precautions. A campground owner or employee would not be granted immunity for intentional harm or reckless disregard for safety. Immunity would also not apply if the person failed to post warning signs after a previous injury resulted because of a particular inconspicuous danger.

Borton noted that a similar proposal was recently passed and signed into law in Ohio.

HB 5862 was referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

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