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      New Act
          Creates  the  Bowling  Center  Safety  Act.  Sets   forth
      responsibilities   of   operators  of   bowling  centers  and
      bowlers. Provides that bowlers and spectators are  deemed  to
      have  knowledge  of  and  to  assume  the  inherent  risks of
      bowling. Provides that this assumption of risk is a  complete
      bar  of  suit  and is a complete defense to a suit against an
      operator by a bowler or spectator for injuries resulting from
      the assumed risks of bowling unless the operator has violated
      his or her duties or responsibilities under the Act.
 1        AN ACT in relation to bowling centers.
 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:
 4        Section  1.   Short  title.  This Act may be cited as the
 5    Bowling Center Safety Act.
 6        Section 5.  Legislative findings and  declarations.   The
 7    General  Assembly  finds  and  declares that the recreational
 8    sport of bowling is practiced by a large number  of  citizens
 9    of  this  State;  bowling  is  a wholesome and healthy family
10    activity that should be encouraged;  and  the  allocation  of
11    risks  and  costs of bowling is an important matter of public
12    policy.
13        The General Assembly further finds and declares that  the
14    owners  of bowling centers face great difficulty in obtaining
15    liability insurance coverage at an affordable cost  and  that
16    the  lack  of  affordable insurance coverage affects not only
17    owners of bowling centers, but also patrons  who  may  suffer
18    personal  injury  or property damage as a result of accidents
19    that occur on the premises of a bowling center.  In order  to
20    make it more economically feasible for insurance companies to
21    provide  coverage to bowling centers at an affordable rate to
22    the owners, occurrences resulting in liability to the  owners
23    should be more predictable by limiting the liability that may
24    be incurred by the owners and encouraging the development and
25    implementation of risk reduction techniques.  This Act should
26    be liberally construed to best carry out the purposes of this
27    Act.
28        Section 10.  Definitions.  As used in this Act:
29        "Operator"  means  a person or entity that owns, manages,
30    controls, directs, or has operational  responsibility  for  a
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 1    bowling center.
 2        "Bowler"  means  a  person  in  a  bowling center for the
 3    purpose of recreational or competitive bowling. "Bowler" also
 4    includes any person in a bowling center who  is  an  invitee,
 5    whether or not that person pays consideration.
 6        "Bowling  center" means a building, facility, or premises
 7    that provides an area specifically designed to be used by the
 8    public for  recreational or competitive bowling.
 9        "Spectator" means a person who is present  in  a  bowling
10    center  only  for  the  purpose  of observing recreational or
11    competitive bowling.
12        Section  15.  Operator  responsibilities.   It   is   the
13    responsibility of the operator to the extent practicable to:
14        (1)  Post  the  duties  of bowlers and spectators and the
15    duties and obligations of the operator as prescribed in  this
16    Act  in  conspicuous  places  in  at least 3 locations in the
17    bowling center.
18        (2)  Comply with  all  bowling  center  safety  standards
19    published  by  a  recognized  association  of  bowling center
20    operators,  including  but  not   limited   to   the   proper
21    maintenance of bowling equipment and bowling facilities.
22        (3)  Maintain  the stability and legibility of all signs,
23    symbols, and posted notices required by this Act.
24        (4)  When the bowling center is open for bowling, have at
25    least one supervisor on duty.
26        (5)  Maintain the bowling facilities in a reasonably safe
27    condition and clean and inspect the bowling facilities before
28    each session.
29        (6)  Install  fire   extinguishers   and   inspect   fire
30    extinguishers at recommended intervals.
31        (7)  Inspect  emergency  lighting  units  periodically to
32    ensure the lights are in proper order.
33        (8)  Check rental equipment on a regular basis to  ensure
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 1    the equipment is in good condition.
 2        (9)  Comply  with  all  applicable State and local safety
 3    codes.
 4        Section  20.  Bowler   responsibilities.    It   is   the
 5    responsibility of each bowler to:
 6        (1)  Maintain  reasonable control of the bowler's actions
 7    at all times.
 8        (2)  Heed all posted signs and warnings.
 9        (3)  Refrain from acting in a manner that  may  cause  or
10    contribute to the injury of the bowler or any other person.
11        Section  25.  Assumption  of risk. Bowlers and spectators
12    are deemed to have knowledge of and to  assume  the  inherent
13    risks of bowling.
14        Section   30.  Bar   of   suit;   complete  defense.  The
15    assumption of risk set forth in Section 25 is a complete  bar
16    of  suit  and  is  a  complete  defense  to a suit against an
17    operator by a bowler or spectator for injuries resulting from
18    the assumed risks of bowling unless the operator has violated
19    his or her duties or responsibilities under this Act.

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