Trespassing on agricultural property a crime under Senate bill

By Seth Morin
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate passed a bill Thursday that would make it illegal to trespass on agricultural property.

Senate Bill 101, authored by Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, originally created a crime called “agricultural mischief.” But after fierce opposition, it was amended to reduce the crime to property damage and criminal trespassing as long as the property owner posts signs warning away trespassers. The bill also clarifies the definition of criminal trespassing.

Non-criminal examples include someone asking for directions or a Girl Scout selling cookies.

The bill passed 45-5 and now moves to the House for consideration.

Seth Morin is a reporter from TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

 

 

 

 

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