Other Senate Committee Agriculture Bill Updates
- Senate Bill 720 sponsored by Aument (R-Lancaster) has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It would provide protection from civil liability for owners and operators of agritainment activities. Agritainment is defined as “tourism-related, recreational or educational activities located on farms in Pennsylvania such as corn mazes, pick-your-own crop harvests, hay rides and farm vacations.” Because many activities involved in the agritainment business are frequently not covered by customary farm liability policies, farmers face a number of challenges in securing adequate coverage and face liability risks when opening up their land to the public.
- Inheritance Tax exemption for family farm estate plans resulting in the transfer of a farm to family members is the substance of Senate Bill 580 (Gordner-R-Columbia) as a “clarification of Act 85” according to the sponsorship memo. SB 580 was reported out by the Senate Finance Committee and re-referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
- Without passage of Senate Bill 756 (Schwank-D-Berks) or similar legislation, First Industries which provides loan guarantees for farm credit institutions will sunset July 15, 2015. SB 756 is in the Senate Community & Economic Development Committee.