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Maryland Considers Unlimited Liability for Synthetic Turf

The Maryland House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on March 8 at which ISRI Tire & Rubber Division Chair Mark Rannie presented testimony opposing legislation designed to remove liability limits and sovereign immunity defenses for claims sustained by an individual on an artificial or synthetic turf playing field owned or operated by a local or state body.

This would increase the risk of frivolous lawsuits, cool the market for recycled rubber products in Maryland, and place a de-facto seal of approval on competing product.

While the bill was a reaction to news reports attempting to connect synthetic turf with long-term health risks, Mark Rannie was able to allay Committee concerns and questions with details on how fields are constructed and the dozens of federal, state, and international peer-reviewed studies that that have thus far found no significant health risk associated with artificial turf. Special thanks to Mark Rannie for enduring the hours-long hearing in order to ensure that recycling and recycled products were represented.

For more information, contact Danielle Waterfield.

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