Ind. bill banning secret videotaping fails

Ind. bill banning secret videotaping fails

Ind. bill banning secret videotaping fails

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM

   INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A proposal making it illegal to secretly take videos or photographs that could make a business look bad has failed in the Indiana Legislature.
 
   Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle said Friday night he wouldn't try to advance another version of the bill a few hours after it was withdrawn in the House. That followed a lengthy debate during which several opponents criticized it for exposing industrial whistleblowers or even unhappy restaurant customers to possible criminal charges.
 
   The bill would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail to commit "an act ... with the intent to harm" a business on the property.
 
   Holdman said state law should protect factories and farms from "vigilantes."
 
   The Senate approved the bill in a 29-21 vote earlier Friday.

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