Fri April 26, 2013
"Ag-Gag" Bill Apparently Dies in Indiana General Assembly
A bill that would have made it a crime to secretly videotape the operations of a farm or factory with the intent to harm the business may have died in the Indiana General Assembly.
Without comment, House Speaker Brian Bosma abruptly withdrew the measure during floor debate today, the final day of the session.
The heavily amended legislation had earlier won Senate approval, but some lawmakers raised concerns about its constitutionality.
Opponents of the bill say it would weaken effort to expose the mistreatment of workers or animals, or other illegal activity.
Supporters contend the legislation is needed to protect private property rights and prevent defamation by overzealous activists.