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Bills advance to limit suits against Mississippi landowners

A bill that would curtail Mississippi property owners' liability to be sued for some acts on their property is advancing despite frayed tempers.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 9:35 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A bill that would curtail Mississippi property owners' liability to be sued for some acts on their property is advancing despite frayed tempers.

House Judiciary A Committee Chairman Mark Baker, a Brandon Republican, pushed House Bill 337 through his committee Tuesday, even though Democratic opponents demanded to speak against the bill. Lawmakers are customarily allowed to speak for or against a bill before a committee vote.

The measure is pushed by business and real estate interests who say they're unfairly held liable for bad acts by other people on their property. But opponents say the bill erects an impossibly high standard to sue landowners for hazards on their property.

The bill goes to the House for more debate. Senate Bill 2901 , which is identical, awaits Senate debate.

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