On November 12, 2013, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 397, a bill providing limited immunity for persons that sponsor farm-related tourism activities. The final passage of the bill stipulates that, where no fee is charged for the farm-related tourism activity, the operator has protection from liability in a negligence action for personal injury or death of a participant, as long as the participant knowingly, voluntarily, intelligently and unreasonably partakes in the activity and the personal injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agri-tourism activity.
The bill has been amended twice, with the latest amendment adding the language precluding the application of limited immunity to agri-tourism activities for which there is a fee.
The bill will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.
For the full text and history of the bill, please see the PA General Assembly’s website.
Written by Sarah L. Doyle - Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
November 14, 2013