Panel approves Fla. child liability bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A House panel has approved a bill that again would let parents waive liability against businesses that provide risky fun for their children.

It would pertain to such activities as motor sports, horseback riding, bungee jumping, parasailing and scuba diving.

The legislation Tuesday cleared the Civil Justice & Courts Policy Committee.

It would undo a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that last year banned parental waivers at commercial establishments.

The court decision allowed the estate of a 14-year-old boy to sue a commercial track where he was killed riding an all-terrain vehicle although his father signed a waiver.

The justices ruled such waivers are invalid because Florida has no law allowing them.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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