New Hampshire landowners who let the public use their land for hunting, hiking and other recreational activities wouldn't be required to keep the land safe under a bill passed by the state Senate.
The Senate voted Wednesday to expand liability protection for those who own, lease or manage land open to hunting, fishing, trapping, camping and other recreational activities. The bill would not protect landowners from malicious acts or if the injury happened while performing services for money.
The bill was prompted by a lawsuit that was later dropped by a Manchester man hurt while scouting hunting locations in Epsom in November 2009. The House has passed a similar version of the bill.