A new law gives new meaning for the color purple. The law, Senate Bill 1914, was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 22 and took effect immediately.

The new law gives Illinois landowners or lessees the option to use purple paint markings on trees or posts on their property as a no-trespassing notice. The "Purple Paint Law" is designed as an alternative Illinois landowners can use to protect their property from trespassers, according to a news release from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

While the law gives landowners or lessees the option of marking their property with a defined series of purple markings on trees and posts, additional notice will still be required through 2012.

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, until Jan. 1, 2013, landowners who choose to use purple marks have to continue to post a no trespassing notice either by written or oral notice to an individual or by posting appropriate signage at the main entrance to the property.

Provisions of the new law require: a vertical line at least 8 inches in length, the bottom of the mark shall be between 3 and

5 feet high. Each mark should not be more than 100 feet from another mark and be visible to anyone approaching the property. As an alternative, a post capped or marked on at least its top 2 inches. The bottom of the cap or mark should be between 3 and 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Marked posts should be no more than 36 feet apart and must be visible to anyone approaching the property.

Trespassing to property marked as no trespassing is a Class B misdemeanor, except when a trespasser uses a motor vehicle or if the property is designated for agricultural use. Such cases constitute a Class A misdemeanor.

The new "Purple Paint Law" does not apply to property located in a municipality of more than 2 million inhabitants.

For more information on the new law, visit www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/pages/publicact97-0477.aspx.


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