First is the GTLA, which provides a broad grant of governmental immunity, subject to several statutory exceptions.
The GTLA states in part: "Except as otherwise provided in this act, all governmental agencies shall be immune from tort liability in all cases wherein the government agency is engaged in the exercise or discharge of a governmental function.
Plaintiffs argue that the defense of governmental immunity from liability must fail because the recreational land use act is one of the statutorily created exceptions to GTLA immunity.
According to plaintiffs, the GTLA is the general act, and the recreational land use act is the more specific, making the latter an exception to the general grant of immunity under the GTLA.
Applying this rule, the panel found that the later-enacted GTLA conflicted with the earlier recreational land use act.