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2011 Senate Bill 281: Grant narrow lawsuit immunity to bowling alleys

Public Act 221 of 2011

  1. Introduced by Sen. Joe Hune (R) on March 17, 2011, to grant limited immunity to bowling alleys for the liability associated with a very narrow class of “slip-and-fall” lawsuits involving bowling shoes that have been worn outside facility, if the facility complies with certain public notice requirements the bill would establish. Reportedly bowling alleys are getting sued more since a state bar and restaurant smoking ban, because bowlers in bowling shoes step out for a smoke.
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 17, 2011.
      • Reported in the Senate on May 5, 2011, with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on June 7, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 7, 2011.
  2. Passed 30 to 8 in the Senate on June 8, 2011.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on June 8, 2011.
    • Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on June 8, 2011.
      • Reported in the House on October 18, 2011, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on October 27, 2011, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 27, 2011.
  4. Passed 90 to 19 in the House on November 1, 2011, to grant limited immunity to bowling alleys for the liability associated with a very narrow class of “slip-and-fall” lawsuits involving bowling shoes that have been worn outside facility, if the facility complies with certain public notice requirements the bill would establish. Reportedly bowling alleys are getting sued more since a state bar and restaurant smoking ban, because bowlers in bowling shoes step out for a smoke.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the Senate on November 2, 2011.
  6. Passed 28 to 10 in the Senate on November 3, 2011, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on November 15, 2011.

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