Farm trespassing bill gets support after changes - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Farm trespassing bill gets support after changes

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INDIANAPOLIS -

Hoosier lawmakers have revised the so-called "Ag Gag" bill.

An earlier version of the bill would have banned outsiders from videotaping or photographing farm operations.

Another version would have allowed farmers to ban any activities on their property that might cause them to lose money.

Animal rights and free speech advocates criticized the legislation as a crackdown on whistleblowers.

The revised bill increases penalties for property damage on a farm.

It also defines entering the production area of a farm without permission as trespassing.

State senators passed the bill 45-5.

It now heads to the House.

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