SENATE BILL 229
51st legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2014
Phil A. Griego
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE; AMENDING THE RIGHT TO FARM ACT TO CLARIFY THAT OPERATING AN AGRICULTURAL OPERATION OR FACILITY IN CONFORMITY WITH FEDERAL LAWS SHALL NOT BE DECLARED A NUISANCE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 47-9-3 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1981, Chapter 287, Section 3, as amended) is amended to read:
"47-9-3. AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS DEEMED NOT A NUISANCE.--
A. Any agricultural operation or agricultural facility is not, nor shall it become, a private or public nuisance by any changed condition in or about the locality of the agricultural operation or agricultural facility if the operation was not a nuisance at the time the operation began and has been in existence for more than one year [except that the provisions of this section shall not apply whenever an agricultural operation or agricultural facility is operated negligently, improperly or illegally such that the operation or facility is a nuisance]. Recovery for private nuisance is not allowed against any agricultural operation or agricultural facility if negligence or other theory of recovery is available.
B. Any ordinance or resolution of any unit of local government that makes the operation of any agricultural operation or agricultural facility a nuisance or provides for abatement of it as a nuisance under the circumstances set forth in this section shall not apply when an agricultural operation or agricultural facility is [located within the corporate limits of any municipality as of the effective date of the Right to Farm Act] substantially in compliance with the applicable federal laws.
C. The established date of operation is the date on which an agricultural operation commenced or an agricultural facility was originally constructed. If an agricultural operation or agricultural facility is subsequently expanded or a new technology is adopted, the established date of operation does not change."
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