DES MOINES, Iowa — State lawmakers are considering a bill designed to help protect cities from sledding-related lawsuits.

A House committee on Tuesday approved legislation that would mean cities wouldn't be held liable if someone was injured on city property designated for sledding. Sponsor Rep. Chip Baltimore says the law wouldn't remove all liability for cities, but he hopes it would make city officials more comfortable letting some sledding take place.

If approved, the legislation would add sledding to a list of activities that cities are not liable for on city grounds, due to their risky nature. Those activities include skateboarding, in-line skating, bicycling and canoeing.

Baltimore says the bill will now be debated by the full House.


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This stuff makes me angry. If you are sledding you are accepting liability for yourself. No signs need be posted, no warnings and no payola if you get hurt. Period. I broke my leg sledding when I was a kid. My parents wouldn't have EVER thought of suing anyone for that. The lawyers are ruining this country.

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