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Farm Liability Reform Bill Passes in Statehouse

May 17, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

DES MOINES The Iowa Senate passed House File 649 this evening expanding recreational land use immunity for land owners and holders.

A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision created concern among land owners about what their responsibilities and liabilities were to visitors and hunters on farm property. Clearing up confusion among land owners was a priority for Iowa legislators.

"Farm liability has been an issue for a long time in Iowa and I'm glad this reform bill is now on its way to the governor's desk for his signature," said Senator Tim Kapucian (R-Keystone). "Iowa has world-class farming operations and we should be making it easier to showcase them to visitors."

The legislation that passed tonight 48-0 states if a holder of land invites someone on their land they do not owe a duty of care because they are guiding, directing, supervising, or participating in a recreational purpose or urban deer control.

"This legislation will eliminate frivolous lawsuits allowing farmers to educate others by giving tours and sharing how they work the land and run their operations," Kapucian went on to say.



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