Pa. Farm Bureau calls for landowner liability protection

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HERSHEY, Pa. – Pennsylvania Farm Bureau members are calling for a legislative solution to strengthen landowner liability rights and recognize that a landowner is not liable for a hunter’s actions simply because the landowner allowed the hunter to hunt on his land.
The policy was approved as Pennsylvania Farm Bureau wrapped up its 56th annual convention in Hershey, Pa.
Landowners’ rights. Specifically, the policy states that landowners who allow people to hunt on a farm property not be legally responsible for unlawful or negligent actions committed by those persons while hunting on the property.
Reaction to ruling. The policy comes on the heels of a recent court ruling in Lehigh County where a jury found a farmer 10 percent liable for damages in a hunting accident, because the farmer gave the hunter permission to use his land. The hunter was found 90 percent responsible.
Farm Bureau is already working with several members of the general assembly in Harrisburg in an effort to deal with this issue.

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