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House Bill 229 Grants Qualified Immunity to Reenactment Camp Operators

As of May 30, 2022, the passing of 2022 Am.Sub.H.B. No. 229 (1) exempts historical reenactment camp operators from the recreational and camping operation license requirements; and (2) grants camp operators qualified immunity from harm arising from the inherent risk of camping.

Pursuant to Sec. 3729.05(G), reenactment camp operators are now exempt from the recreational and camping operation license requirement, which requires general camp operators to obtain a license to operate in the park or camp site. Sec. 3729.05(A)(1).  This exemption only applies to camp operators that operate in areas for reenactment purposes and lasts a total of seven days.

Sec. 3729.15(B) provides that the qualified camp operator is immune from civil liability for any harm or inherent risk that occurs during the recreational activities within the reenactment camp.  However, this immunity does not protect camp operators that have control over the harm, actual knowledge of the harm, or act in bad faith to cause harm to campers or visitors.

To read this bill, click here.

Authors: Matthew John Markling and the McGown & Markling Team.

Note: This blog entry does not constitute – nor does it contain – legal advice. Legal jurisprudence is like the always-changing Midwestern weather. As a result, this single blog entry cannot substitute for consultation with a McGown & Markling attorney. If legal advice is needed with respect to a specific factual situation, please feel free to contact a McGown & Markling attorney.


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