Expanding Nationwide: Overcoming the Patchwork State Regulations to Develop Nationally Compliant Recreation and Leisure Facilities

February 26, 2015 9:00am

Stephanie See
Director, Safety and Advocacy Services
International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

Janice L. Miller Esq.
Managing Partner
J. Miller Law Group

While several states do not have any regulations governing recreation and leisure facilities, many states do regulate the industry quite heavily. To complicate matters, these states have implemented different types of regulations at varying levels of stringency, and there is no conformity in the 50 states. This pre-conference workshop is designed to provide recreation and leisure facilities the necessary tools to comprehend the requirements involved in operating in any of the states. Speakers will discuss important regulatory and judicial updates for each of the 50 states, including the following topics on a state-by-state basis:

  • Overview of the top regulated states:
    • California
    • Florida
    • New Jersey
    • Pennsylvania
    • Texas
  • Determining which agency has jurisdiction over the facility
  • Compiling and maintaining the documentary evidence to establish compliance with state regulations in case of an accident
    • Establishing conformance to ASTM industry standards and manufacturer’s manuals when there are no state regulations
  • Exploring the circumstances where investigations are required
    • Analyzing the parties responsible for conducting an investigation
  • Understanding reporting requirements in the event of an accident and comprehending how such reports are treated by the state