VanderWall purple paint bill heads to House

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Thursday passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall to provide an easier and less expensive way for property owners to protect their land.

Senate Bill 106 would allow property owners to mark their property with lines of purple paint instead of having to use “no trespassing” signs.

“There are convincing reasons to allow property owners to protect their property by marking it with paint,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “Unlike signs, paint cannot be torn down. In addition, 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 are 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.

“Because many states have already adopted similar laws, purple boundary paint is readily available for purchase from retailers,” VanderWall said. “The color does not conflict with other markings and it is easy to see in an outdoor setting.”

SB 106 now heads to the House of Representatives for further consideration.