(DES MOINES) Farmers are no longer liable for accidents that occur on their property during recreational use or educational tours.
Greenfield Representative Clel Baudler said legislation passed unanimously in the House and Senate last night.
“I can tell you that this fixes the problem and it takes care of landowner’s concerns about letting people on their property for recreation or in the “Sally decision”, educational tours,” said Baudler.
Baudler said this all started when a chaperone fell and broke her leg on an educational tour of a farm. He said the insurance companies didn’t want to pay and the Supreme Court ruled in the woman’s favor and a lawsuit ensued.
This bill will now to the Governor for his signature.
Meanwhile, schools are still waiting to hear if they will be getting any allowable growth. Baudler said the legislature is still waiting for education reform.
“Once education reform is agreed upon, allowable growth will be 2-2 in 2014 and 4 percent in 2015 for a total of 4 percent, 4 percent,” said Baudler. “That is what everybody wanted to start with and we’ll get it there if we get educational reform, we’ll get the 4-4,” said Baudler.
The Legislature is way past due on passing allowable growth. If by chance nothing is passed by the close of the session the schools’ budget guarantees will increase, which will fall back on the taxpayers.
Baudler said the legislature is hoping to shut down this weekend.