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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: June 12, 2019 02:19 PM
From: Representative Dawn W. Keefer
To: All House members
Subject: Criminal Trespass Legislation
Please join me by co-sponsoring legislation that will assist farmers, landowners, hunters and the general public by amending the Criminal Trespass statute to authorize the posting of land by applying stripes of purple paint on trees or posts.

Under current law, trespassing on agricultural and other open land is prohibited if the property is “posted as provided by law”. Typically, landowners and farmers wishing to exclude trespassers will post “No Trespassing” signs on their property notifying them to stay off. Most of these signs are made of cardboard or other material which, over time, deteriorates due to the weather or the writing on them become illegible.
To provide a more permanent and recognizable “posting” with less upkeep and maintenance, several states have adopted legislation to permit landowners to simply paint stripes of purple paint on trees and posts that are spaced close enough so that they are visible and recognizable to anyone approaching the property. Paint manufacturers have formulated cans of spray paint and brush-able paint specifically marketed as “No hunting” paint to comply with these laws.

My bill will require the use of one of these commercially available “No Hunting” paints and will specify that the stripes must be at least eight inches long and one inch wide, and between three and five feet above the ground on trees or posts that are no more than 100 feet apart.

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Introduced as HB1772