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                            CHAPTER 148-H.F.No. 221 
                  An act relating to civil actions; regulating liability 
                  on land used for recreational purposes; modifying the 
                  definition of recreational purpose; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 2004, section 604A.21, subdivision 5. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 604A.21, 
        subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 5.  [RECREATIONAL PURPOSE.] "Recreational purpose" 
        includes, but is not limited to, hunting; trapping; fishing; 
        swimming; boating; camping; picnicking; hiking; rock climbing; 
        cave exploring; bicycling; horseback riding; firewood gathering; 
        pleasure driving, including snowmobiling and the operation of 
        any motorized vehicle or conveyance upon a road or upon or 
        across land in any manner, including recreational trail use; 
        nature study; water skiing; winter sports; and viewing or 
        enjoying historical, archaeological, scenic, or scientific 
        sites.  "Rock climbing" means the climbing of a naturally 
        exposed rock face.  "Cave exploring" means the planned 
        exploration of naturally occurring cavities in rock, including 
        passage through any structures placed for the purpose of safe 
        access, access control, or conservation, but does not include 
        the exploration of other, manmade cavities such as tunnels, 
        mines, and sewers. 
           [EFFECTIVE DATE.] This section is effective August 1, 2005, 
        and applies to causes of action arising on or after that date. 
           Presented to the governor May 31, 2005 
           Signed by the governor June 3, 2005, 9:03 a.m.