VanderWall introduces bill to improve property protection

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall on Thursday introduced a bill to provide an easier and less expensive way for property owners to protect their land.

Senate Bill 106 is a reintroduction of a similar bill from last session. The legislation would allow property owners to mark their property with lines of purple paint instead of having to use “no trespassing” signs.

“Protecting one’s property by marking it with paint is often a better alternative than more traditional methods,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “Signs can be torn down, while paint cannot. And some forested areas are not suited to fencing or posting, except at the expense of damaging trees with nails.”

Under the bill, the purple paint marking property would need to consist of a vertical line at least eight inches long, and the bottom of the mark would have to be between three and five feet above the ground. The paint marks could not be more than 100 feet apart and would have to be placed so that they were readily visible to people approaching the property.

VanderWall said Arkansas adopted the nation’s first purple paint law in the late 1980s. As of Feb. 4, 2021, 13 states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Pennsylvania, afford landowners this second option of marking their property.

“Purple boundary paint is readily available for purchase because of these laws,” VanderWall said. “The color does not conflict with other markings and it is easy to see in an outdoor setting.”

SB 106 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.