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Senate Passes Bill Limiting Agritourism Liability

The bill assumes participants in agritourism events understand the risks associated with whatever activity they’re engaged in.

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The Indiana Senate Tuesday passed a bill limiting liability for agritourism providers.

The bill — passed unanimously by the Senate – assumes participants in agritourism events, from apple picking to hay rides, understand the risks associated with whatever activity they’re engaged in.

The bill’s sponsor, Bedford Senator Brent Steele, said the liability does not include everything.

“It does not relieve the farmer from liability for those known or dangerous conditions that are not in an ordinary course of the farming operation,” said Steele.

Steele said the liability shield will help agritourism providers open and maintain operations.

The Senate also extended its deadlines to receive bills from the House Tuesday, in order to give the House more time to complete business as Democrats remain in Illinois.

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