April 30, 2013

Ag-gag bill fails in Indiana

The Indiana General Assembly failed to pass a bill that would have outlawed undercover videotaping on all private property, whether it be a farm or a business. House Speaker Brian Bosma withdrew SB 373 without comment, according to local news reports. During negotiations between the legislative chambers, Senate Bill 373 was broadened to criminalize taking surreptitious videos or photos on all private property. The bill drew national attention from animal-rights organizations, labor unions and other groups who claimed the bill protects wrongdoers and punishes whistleblowers. Agriculture groups, such as the Indiana Farm Bureau, said SB 373 protects private-property rights and keeps businesses from being defamed by overzealous activists. Read More

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