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Outdoor enthusiasts relieved panel passes bill

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Outdoors enthusiasts are relieved that a key House committee advanced a bill that limits the state's liability on public lands.

The bill (SB 1007) was passed by the House Finance committee Thursday evening. It aims to protect the state against lawsuits when hikers or rock climbers injure themselves on public lands. The protection was set to expire in June, but the bill would make that protection permanent.

Extreme sports fans like mountain bikers and paragliders worry that if the protection expires, the state may shut down some public parks.

The bill now goes to the House floor. It passed the Senate earlier this legislative session but is likely to go to a conference committee because it changed.

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