State-Level Ag-Gag Legislation
"Ag-gag" or anti-whistleblower bills are appearing in state legislatures across the country. While crafted to appear reasonable, these measures are designed to prevent the exposure of troubling practices at agricultural facilities.
Where does your state stand on ag-gag?
Some states (Kansas, North Dakota and Montana) have had similar laws in place since the 1990s. In 2012, we successfully defeated seven anti-whistleblower bills in states including Minnesota, New York and Florida—but despite our best efforts, the following states enacted ag-gag laws:
Missouri A watered-down version of the bill (S.B. 631) passed in May 2012.
Iowa Bill (H.F. 589) signed into law by Governor Branstad in March 2012.
Utah Bill (H.B. 187) signed into law by Governor Herbert in March 2012.
Other states have related statutes that are sometimes called "eco-terrorism" or "animal enterprise interference" laws. Click your home state on the U.S. map posted here to see if it currently has any kind of farm-related anti-whistleblower law on the books.
We need your help defeating the bills that are being considered this year. Whistleblower suppression/ag-gag bills have been introduced in the following states and are being considered by lawmakers right now:
Arkansas Bill (S.B. 14) filed as of January 2013.
California Bill (AB 343) dead as of April 2013.
Indiana Bills (S.B. 373 and S.B. 391) filed as of January 2013.
Nebraska Bill (L.B. 204) filed as of January 2013.
New Hampshire Bill (H.B. 110) filed as of January 2013.
New Mexico Bill (SB 552) dead as of March 2013.
North Carolina Bill (SB 648) filed as of April 2013.
Pennsylvania Bill (HB 683) filed as of February 2013.
Tennessee (SB 1243 and HB 1191) vetoed by Governor Haslam on May 13, 2013.
Vermont Bill (S 126) filed as of March 2013.
Wyoming Bill (H.B. 126) dead as of March 2013.
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