SB446 SFAT Ferns 3-10

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Senator Ferns moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. Com. Sub. for Senate Bill 446--A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, by adding thereto a new article, designated 19-36-1, 19-36-2, 19-36-3, 19-36-4, and 19-36-5, all relating to agritourism generally; creating the Agritourism Responsibility Act; making findings; establishing authority and duties of the Commissioner of Agriculture related to agritourism business; authorizing Commissioner of Agriculture, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, to promulgate and propose rules; defining terms; establishing duties of agritourism businesses and participants in agritourism activities; immunizing agritourism business, employees, and volunteers associated therewith from certain acts of simple negligence and creating exceptions thereto; requiring notice of certain rights, limitations on liability, and responsibilities of participants in agritourism activities; clarifying that operation of agritourism business does not change status of the facilities and property used for building code and tax purposes; and exempting structures of agritourism business occasionally used for events from building code requirements for entities engaged in such activities on a full-time basis.