State Sen. Pettyjohn Planning to Introduce Bill For Liabiliity Cap For Special Events

Dec 04, 2013 -- 11:31am

State Senator Brian Pettyjohn says he plans to introduce a bill that will limit the amount of damages organizers of special events will have to pay out in the event of an accident.

Senator Pettyjohn has modeled his bill to implement a liability cap to protect special events after a similar law in Maryland. Delaware doesn’t have a liability cap, but Maryland does. Because of that, organizers of World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ are considering moving the competition, which draws teams from around the U.S. and the world, from Bridgeville to Wicomico County, Maryland, starting next year.

Senator Pettyjohn says events like Punkin’ Chunkin need to continue so the public can enjoy them, and non-profits that host them can continue to fundraise without the fear of a catastrophic lawsuit. He says event organizers and landowners have too much to lose without a liability cap in place.

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