Protecting property rights has always been a critical piece of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s advocacy efforts, and those efforts continue with the organization’s support of the Landowner Protection Act. This act will provide another layer of protection for property owners and give juries guidance in determining fault when a third party criminal action takes place.

The Landowner Protection Act passed out of the House Judiciary A Committee on Tuesday and is expected to be taken up for a full House vote in the next couple of weeks. A version of the bill has already passed out of the Senate.

According to the current law, when a criminal commits a crime on someone else’s property, juries are prohibited from apportioning fault to the criminals in civil trials against landowners. This has left property owners with the financial burden of these cases, driving companies and capital investments out of Mississippi.

This act will allow juries to split fault between the premises owner and the criminal when there is a civil law suit. The act states the premises owner must actively and consciously allow for the crime to be committed.

“Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation supports the Landowner Protection Act because it allows a landowner and criminal to stand in front of a jury to make their case on who should be responsible,” McCormick said. “It gives a jury the power to make the decision. We hope this act will bring some relief to our farmers and ranchers who have suffered from the previous law.”

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