Gov. Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has vetoed a bill that would have protected agritourism businesses from lawsuits in which no party is at fault for injuries or damages.

The provision had been the top lobbying priority for state ag groups this year. At the last minute, Republicans copied the language from the original agritourism bill into another bill that provided COVID-19 liability protection to health care providers and manufacturers of personal protective equipment.

The new, cobbled-together bill proved unpalatable to legislative Democrats, and Wolf agreed that the bill’s protections were too broad. His veto message does not mention the agritainment section of the bill.

The Pennsylvania State Grange called the veto a setback for both farmers and health care enterprises.