11:44 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Update: Indiana General Assembly Winds Down; "Ag-Gag" Bill Fails

A proposal making it illegal to secretly take videos or photographs that could make a business look bad has failed in the Indiana egislature.

Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman said Friday night he wouldn't try to advance another version of the bill a few hours after it was withdrawn in the House. That followed a lengthy debate during which several opponents criticized it for exposing industrial whistleblowers or even unhappy restaurant customers to possible criminal charges.

The so=called "ag-gag" bill would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail to commit "an act ... with the intent to harm" a business on the property.

Holdman said state law should protect factories and farms from "vigilantes."

The Senate approved the bill in a 29-21 vote earlier Friday.

Indiana lawmakers worked late into the night to finish business on a state budget and other measures.