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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Ind. Law - Constitutional right to "hunt, fish, farm" passes Senate; "Ag-gag" bill to be heard in Senate committee this morning

"Fishing, hunting [farming] shields advance: Await House passage, ballot vote." Here is Niki Kelly's brief story in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Here is Eric Bradner's story in the Evansville Courier & Press. Here is Brandon Smith's story in Indiana Public Media. A quote:

“Senator Steele, I respect your need to wanting to hunt and fish,” [Senator Greg Taylor] says. “But nothing you’ve said in your presentation makes me think the United States is ever going to take away that right.”

And Taylor says he’s worried the amendment will make it harder for the General Assembly to easily regulate hunting, fishing and farming in the future.

But [Senator Brent Steele] says his amendment does not rule out rules or regulations passed by the General Assembly or state agencies.

“So IDEM is still in control of such things as fertilizer and sewage from CAFOs. The Department of Natural Resources still controls all wildlife and hunting seasons of what game may be hunted,” he says.

ILB: SJR 7 passed 38-10. The voting record has not been posted.

"Senate committee to hear 'Ag gag' bill" is the heading to this story by Jason Aubry of ABC 57 News. The story begins:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – New legislation targeting what happens on Indiana farms could have a big impact on people all across the state. The bill would prevent people from taking pictures or video of farming and industrial operations from the inside.

Those who support the bill say, it will protect their livelihoods while those who oppose it say the bill would prevent people from exposing the truth.

According to the committee schedule, the bill, SB 373, is being heard at 9:30 this morning in Room 125. It appears that there is no video stream available from Room 125.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 12, 2013 08:22 AM
Posted to Indiana Law