Insurance may end Civil War reenactments


Liability insurance coverage for groups using public property may put an end to the Northwest Civil War Council’s reenactments.

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A battle over liability insurance coverage for groups using public property may put an end to the Northwest Civil War Council’s reenactments.

In 2009, the Oregon State Legislature passed Senate Bill 311, which raised the liability lawsuit cap for claims against against state agencies from $500,000 to $3.2 million. In response, groups holding public events on state property are being required to carry more insurance and the increase is more than some groups can handle.

For the NW Civil War Council, which holds almost all of its events on state property, including its Fort Stevens Labor Day weekend battle, the price hike is putting a strain on funding. The group is a nonprofit entity that charges minimally for membership and barely makes enough to cover current costs. But this summer the group was forced to buy more insurance to be covered up to $4 million – an increase of $3,200 a year.

Read more at The Daily Astorian.

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