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Undercover farm video ban gets green light

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill aimed at preventing animal rights activists from getting hired on farms to secretly record what they believe is the mistreatment of livestock.

From Bloomberg Business:

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a bill Wednesday aimed at preventing animal rights activists from getting hired on farms to secretly record what they believe is the mistreatment of livestock.

The bill would make it illegal to secretly record and distribute videos and punish those who take jobs on farms only to gain access to record animals' treatment. Penalties include up to five years in prison and fines of up to $7,500.

The committee approved the bill on a voice vote, while the Republican-led House approved the measure 65-27 on March 17.

Critics of the bill say it would have a chilling effect on free speech and the question of whether it is constitutional could be challenged in court, something that could prove expensive for the state.

For more, see: Senate panel OKs ban on undercover

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