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Purple Paint, Purple Paint: new law takes effect Sunday, July 1st

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Indiana’s new Purple Paint Law to take effect July 1st.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind – Indiana’s new “Purple Paint Law” takes effect this Sunday, July 1st. Property owners may now mark their private property with purple spray paint, rather than “no trespassing” signs. A line on a tree or a fence signifies the same message as a sign, but markings must be at between three and five feet long and at least eight inches high. No trespassing signs remain valid, and landowners are encouraged to mark their property with signs or paint to signify restricted areas and minimize potential liability issues.

“This is an efficient, simple way for landowners to keep trespassers out,” said Rep. Dave Wolkins (R) of Warsaw, who authored the bill. “It will also help minimize a property owner’s liability, prevent accidental trespassing and make it easier to prosecute trespassers. Because the paint cannot be easily removed, it can be effective for several years.”

H.B. 1233 States that the paint must be:

(A) on a tree:

(i) as a vertical line of at least eight (8) inches in length and with the bottom of the mark at least three (3) feet and not more than five (5) feet from the ground; and

(ii) not more than one hundred (100) feet from the nearest other marked tree; or

(B) on a post:

(i) with the mark covering at least the top two (2) inches of the post, and with the bottom of the mark at least three (3) feet and not more than five (5) feet six (6) inches 19 from the ground; and

(ii) not more than thirty-six (36) feet from the nearest other marked post

Read more about H.B. 1233 Here.


 

We spoke with the folks at Orscheln in Charlestown – they recommend and carry a special “No Hunting Purple” oil based spray paint, learn more here.

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