House advances Rep. Bartelsí bill to assist Hoosier landowners

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, February 2, 2018 12:01 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted yesterday unanimously in support of State Rep. Stephen Bartels’ (R-Eckerty) legislation to help Hoosier landowners designate private property boundaries by using purple markings.

Under this legislation, a purple paint perimeter would serve the same purpose as a no trespassing sign. Bartels said there are currently 12 other states with purple paint laws, and three more are considering adopting similar legislation.

“Just like mixing red and blue to make purple paint, both sides of the aisle were able to come together and work on this legislation to aid property owners statewide,” Bartels said. “This bill will add another tool for Hoosier landowners to deny entry onto their property, saving them time and money.”

Bartels said no trespassing signs often come up missing due to theft or bad weather and can become faded over time, making it difficult for a property owner to prosecute a trespasser in these situations.

House Bill 1212 can now be considered by the Senate. 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.

A high resolution photo of Bartels can be downloaded by clicking here.