HARRISBURG – Agritourism would get better promotion under legislation reintroduced in Harrisburg. Currently, PA farmers face enormous liability risks when they open their land to the public for corn mazes and other activities. York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill says her measure would protect agritourism businesses from lawsuits when no party is at fault for injuries or damages. The legislation requires farmers post multiple signs warning visitors of the risks or ask visitors to sign a waiver of liability before participating in activities. While the legislation provides some immunity from litigation, the right to sue is preserved if the farm owner acts in a grossly negligent manner. Twenty other states have similar laws in place. Senate Bill 278 is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL