COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) applauded the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that grants agritourism operators civil liability protection for injuries that occur during agritourism activities.


“Throughout Butler County’s history, agriculture has always played a large role,” Retherford said. “Now, we are seeing a shift to agritourism to compliment our farming communities here in the county and throughout the state. School trips to learning farms, family visits to corn mazes and pumpkin patches are part of growing trends. By passing HB 80, we are giving these farmers and their families some protection from frivolous lawsuits while still allowing them to pursue a life that they love.”


The bill protects agritourism providers from frivolous lawsuits resulting from accidents that occur during an activity with inherent risk, including surface and subsurface land conditions, the actions of animals, and ordinary dangers associated with equipment and structures used in farming operations.


Conversely, the legislation holds all operators accountable by withholding immunity in the case of willful or wanton disregard for participants’ safety, criminal behavior that causes harm to visitors, or failure to post and maintain required warning signs on the property.


In addition, by ensuring that agritourism operations cannot be prohibited by zoning authorities, House Bill 80 enables local farm markets and agriculture property owners to offer the “farm experience” to everyday Ohioans.


The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

 
 
 
  
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