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H.B. 32

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Chief Sponsor: Michael T. Morley

Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      Committee Note:
             10          The Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee
             11      recommended this bill.
             12      General Description:
             13          This bill provides an affirmative defense for an operator of an agri-tourism activity.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          .    defines agri-tourism;
             17          .    provides an affirmative defense for an owner or operator of an agri-tourism activity
             18      if:
             19              .    the injured person disregarded safety measures; or
             20              .    any equipment, including animals, utilized during the activity was used in an
             21      unsafe manner; and
             22          .    provides a rebuttable presumption that the owner or operator conducted the activity
             23      in conformity with all applicable rules and regulations covering the activity.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None

             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      ENACTS:
             30      S. [     78-27-66 ] 78B-4-512 .S , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             33          Section 1. S. [ Section 78-27-66 ] 78B-4-512 .S is enacted to read:
             34          78-27-66. Affirmative defense for agri-tourism industry.
             35          (1) As used in this section, "agri-tourism" means an activity that allows members of the
             36      general public to view or enjoy agricultural related activities, including farming, ranching, or
             37      historic, cultural, or natural attractions, for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes.
             38          (a) An activity may be an agri-tourism activity whether or not the participant pays to
             39      participate in the activity.
             40          (b) An activity is not an agri-tourism activity if the participant is paid to participate in
             41      the activity.
             42          (2) In any action for damages for personal injury, death, or property damage in which
             43      an owner or operator of an agri-tourism activity is named as a defendant, it shall be an
             44      affirmative defense to liability that:
             45          (a) the injured person deliberately disregarded conspicuously posted signs, verbal
             46      instructions, or other warnings regarding safety measures during the activity; or
             47          (b) any equipment, animals, or appliance used by the injured person during the activity
             48      were used in a manner or for a purpose other than that for which S. a reasonable person should
             48a      have known .S they were intended.
             49           S. [ (3) There is a rebuttable presumption that an owner or operator of an agri-tourism
             50      activity operated the activity in conformity with all applicable statutes, rules, and regulations
             51      governing the operation of the activity.
] .S

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