**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2017**
Contact: Adam Morey
Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation to Relieve Farms of Burdensome Liability
Bill Aims to Lower Sky-high Insurance Premiums by Applying ‘Inherent Risk’ Principles to Agricultural Tourism
ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed A559, legislation that has been a longtime priority for New York’s agricultural industry. The bill aims to control increasing insurance premiums by clarifying the responsibilities of both patrons and farmers when it comes to agricultural tourism activities.
The bill passed both houses of the state legislature earlier this year with a near unanimous vote.
Tom Stebbins, executive director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York said:
“As this is the season for apple picking, pumpkin picking, and soon cutting down your own Christmas tree, Governor Cuomo signed this important legislation at the right time and the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York could not be more thrilled.
“Farmers can now focus on providing family friendly and educational activities without fear of being sued out of existence. With this act, the governor has sent a strong message that he is willing to protect farmers, small business owners, and the economy from New York’s notoriously litigious environment. We hope he continues to support crucial liability reforms like this. We are especially thankful to Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Senator Rob Ortt, and the bill’s thirty co-sponsors for their leadership in the legislature on this issue.”
The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.