Bartels helps Hoosier landowners with purple paint legislation

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, January 19, 2018 12:37 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2018) — State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) proposed legislation to help Hoosier landowners prevent trespassing by authorizing the use of purple paint to mark private property.

Under the proposal, property owners would be able to designate private property by using purple markings on trees or posts around the area where entry is denied. Bartels said under the legislation, a purple paint perimeter would serve the same purpose as a no trespassing sign.

“This proposal would give landowners, including farmers, another tool to mark off their territory and protect their property from trespassers,” Bartels said. “Oftentimes, no trespassing signs come up missing due to theft, wind or fading, and without a posted sign, it is nearly impossible for a landowner to prosecute if someone trespasses on their property. Recognizing purple paint as a no trespassing marker would provide individuals with a second level of protection in these cases.”

Bartels said there are currently 12 other states with purple paint laws, and three more are considering adopting similar legislation.

House Bill 1212 has been assigned to the House Committee on Judiciary. Visit to learn more about this legislation.


State Rep. Steve Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,

which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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