Action delayed on Indiana farm trespassing bill

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM

   INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- 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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