- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A panel of Maine lawmakers has advanced a bill that would end a ban on physical contact during roller derby.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1IdtZ0M ) lawmakers on the Legislative Council voted on Thursday to accept the bill into the second session that begins in January.

A prohibition on contact in roller derby was adopted in 1991 in an apparent attempt to limit the rink owners’ liability and shift it to skaters.

Opponents say the issue lies within a provision of the law stating that skaters attempting to overtake other skaters must do it in a manner that avoids colliding with other skaters or objects.

They say changing the law is going to legalize roller derby in the state.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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