State Rep. Stephen Bartels proposed legislation last week to help Indiana property owners. Indiana House Bill 1212 would help landowners prevent trespassing by using purple paint to mark private property.
See, landowners currently rely on “No Trespassing” signs, but those are often stolen or blow off their posts. If landowners mark posts, trees or property lines with purple paint, it would mean the same thing as the signs. So, it’d serve the same purpose. The lawmaker says that 12 other states created similar laws. Meanwhile three other states are considering similar bills.
The bill now waits with the House Committee on Judiciary.
HB 1212 For “No Trespassing” Alternative
“This proposal would give landowners, including farmers, another tool to mark off their territory and protect their property from trespassers,” Bartels said, according to the Dubois County Free Press. “Oftentimes, no trespassing signs come up missing due to theft, wind or fading, and without a posted sign, it is nearly impossible for a landowner to prosecute if someone trespasses on their property. Recognizing purple paint as a no trespassing marker would provide individuals with a second level of protection in these cases.”
Rep. Bartels represents Eckerty, an unincorporated community in Johnson Township, Crawford County. Eckerty is just east of Huntingburg along 64. Christopher Eckerty laid out the community in 1873. It boasts a significant amount of open and wooded land. So, this legislation is likely important to his constituency.
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