Action Delayed on Indiana Farm Trespassing Bill

January 14, 2014 03:23 AM
 
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By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press


An Indiana Senate committee has delayed a vote on a proposed crackdown on farm trespassers.

The bill aims to protect farmers who say that unwanted visitors could hurt their business by taking unflattering photos or sharing trade secrets. A similar bill failed last year.

Senate criminal law committee chairman Mike Young of Indianapolis says work being done preparing an amendment to the bill is behind the wait. A committee vote had been expected Tuesday.

The current bill would allow farmers to hang signs banning whatever they deem as harmful activities. Violators could face felony charges.

Animal-rights activists and others are concerned the bill could discourage whistleblowers from reporting animal cruelty on farms. Some opponents have also raised First Amendment objections.

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