Senate Bill No. 247
Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act creating an absolute liability offense for damaging or destroying property while using property for recreational purposes; requiring full restitution to the property owner; and allowing for a fine to be imposed."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Damage or destruction of property during recreational use -- absolute liability. (1) A person commits the offense of damaging or destroying property during recreational use if during the course of the person's use of property for recreational purposes, as defined in 70-16-301, that person damages or destroys any public or private property.
(2) A person convicted of damaging or destroying property during recreational use is liable to the property owner for full restitution of the market value of the property that is damaged or destroyed. In addition, the person convicted may be fined an amount up to $500.
(3) The offense of damaging or destroying property during recreational use is an absolute liability offense within the meaning of 45-2-104.
NEW SECTION. Section 2. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 45, chapter 6, part 1, and the provisions of Title 45, chapter 6, part 1, apply to [section 1].