SB 301
Establishes the Prescribed Burning Act which protects a landowner from liability for a prescribed burning
Sponsor:
LR Number:
1194S.03C
Last Action:
5/13/2021 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection
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Title:
SCS SB 301
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2021

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 301 - This act establishes the Prescribed Burning Act, which specifies that no landowner or agent of a landowner shall be liable for damages caused by a prescribed burning or the resulting smoke unless the landowner or agent is proven to be negligent. Additionally, unless proven to be negligent, no certified burn manager shall be liable for damages caused by a prescribed burning or the resulting smoke.

This act shall not apply to any property, land, right-of-way, or easement owned by a public utility, municipally-owned utility, rural electric cooperative, corporation organized for the purpose of supplying electric energy, or electric corporations operating under a cooperative business plan. Additionally, this act shall not apply to any property, land, right-of-way, or easement appurtenant or incidental to lands controlled by any railroad.

This act is similar to HB 369 (2021), SCS/SB 661 (2020), HCS/HB 1547 (2020), and HB 978 (2019).

KATIE O'BRIEN