Protect Oregon Recreation – Sign the Petition
Recent court rulings have nullified Oregon liability waivers, impacting the accessibility and affordability of recreation and fitness for people across the state. Oregon businesses are now paying significantly more for liability insurance than other states. As a result, recreation and fitness providers are forced to either increase consumer costs or eliminate recreation options altogether. Rising business costs disproportionately impact small businesses and rural communities. Furthermore, multiple insurers have already pulled out of Oregon and excessive liability insurance costs dissuade out-of-state companies from expanding in Oregon. Without waiver reform, Oregon risks losing the tremendous societal and economic benefits recreation and fitness provide.
At Mt. Ashland, our insurance costs have risen by 118% since 2013 and 91% since 2018. This is the primary factor for price increases to our tickets.
SB 754 would align Oregon with liability standards in every other western state (see image above). Like California and Washington, individuals who participate in snowsports will accept responsibility for their activity, while ski areas will remain accountable for grossly negligent behavior. This is common sense and a well-established approach. Currently, Oregon businesses shoulder substantially all the risk, and this imbalance threatens the viability of those businesses and recreation options for people across the state.
Part of Mt. Ashland’s community promise is to remain a cherished community asset for generations to come. We support waiver reform to ensure Mt. Ashland endures for posterity.
Recreation and fitness are vital to the livelihood and physical health of Oregonians. Restoring the viability of liability waivers in Oregon is crucial to the accessibility and affordability of recreation and fitness for people across our great state. To level the playing field and preserve recreational opportunities, Oregon should align with the same balanced liability waiver standard that exists in every other western state.
From after-school sports teams to working out in health clubs or enjoying Oregon’s forests and rivers, it is essential we preserve access to recreation for all our community. Skyrocketing liability insurance only makes it harder for businesses to provide affordable recreation and fitness options. Without waiver reform, Oregon risks losing the tremendous societal and economic benefits recreation provides.
We urge you to support the Oregon recreation and fitness community by passing liability waiver reform this session.