Governor Perdue Signs Landowner Protection Act
|Friday, May 1, 2009||
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The Governor signed the legislation at Lane Southern Orchards, a premier agri-tourism destination. At the bill signing he was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, and members of the Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Agribusiness Council and the Governor’s Agriculture Advisory Commission. The signing was also attended by 5th graders from
The Landowner Protection Act protects landowners, who allow hunters to hunt on their property, from being sued for accidents arising during a hunt except those due to gross negligence on the part of the landowner. Likewise, visitors to an agri-tourism attraction (e.g., visiting a farm to pick peaches) would not be able to win lawsuits filed against the landowner for injuries during such a visit except in cases of gross negligence.
HB 529 also ensures that no local government can adopt any regulation of crop management or animal husbandry practices.
“Encroachment, both physical and political, is one of the most dangerous things affecting agriculture,” said Rep. Tom McCall. “HB 529 prevents local governments from passing any damaging or restricting ordinances.”
The Governor also signed SB 80, the Food Processing Safety Act. SB 80 was sponsored by Senators John Bulloch, John Crosby, George Hooks, Ross Tolleson, Ralph Hudgens and Freddie Sims. This legislation allows the Department of Agriculture to require testing of food products before they reach market and gives agricultural inspectors the ability to look at a company’s internal testing results.
“SB 80 gives the Department of Agriculture new tools to keep our food safe,” said Sen. John Bulloch. “
Governor Perdue signed three additional pieces of Agriculture legislation: SB 152, SB 43 and SB 128. For more information on this legislation, please visit www.legis.state.ga.us.
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