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CS/CS/SB 1106 — Agritourism

by Rules Committee; and Agriculture Committee; and Senator Hays

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Agriculture Committee (AG)

CS/CS/SB 1106 states the intent of the Legislature to eliminate duplication of regulatory authority over agritourism. The bill prohibits a local government to adopt ordinances, regulations, rules, or policies that prohibit, restrict, regulate or otherwise limit an agritourism activity on land classified as agricultural by a property appraiser. The bill establishes a limitation on liability from inherit risks for the land owner, agritourism operator, and employees if a notice of risk is posted on the land. The bill provides the specific warning language that must be posted in a clearly visible location at the entrance to the agritourism location and at the site of the agritourism activity. Finally, the bill denies use of the limited liability defense if the owner, agritourism operator, or employee fails to post the sign as required by this act or fails to place the notice of inherent risk in the contract.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect July 1, 2013.

Vote: Senate 39-0; House 95-21