"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.
2013 Legislation—All Defeated!
We are thrilled to report that whistleblower suppression/ag-gag bills were defeated in all 11 states in which they were introduced this year. While this is wonderful news—and testament to the degree to which these bills are publically unpopular and fundamentally flawed—we need to remain vigilant, as most of these states are likely to reintroduce ag-gag bills in 2014:
Arkansas Bill (S.B. 14) filed January 2013. Language was pulled by bill sponsor.
California Bill (AB 343) dead as of April 2013. Bill was pulled from consideration by its sponsor.
Indiana Bills (S.B. 373 and S.B. 391) filed January 2013. The bills died after extensive and contentious debate in both chambers.
Nebraska Bill (L.B. 204) dead as of June 2013.
New Hampshire Bill (H.B. 110) filed January 2013. Bill did not pass; Legislature adjourned.
New Mexico Bill (SB 552) dead as of March 2013. Bill did not pass; Legislature adjourned.
North Carolina  Bill (SB 648) dead as of late July 2013. Bill did not pass; Legislature adjourned.
Pennsylvania Bill (HB 683) filed February 2013. Bill has not received a hearing.
Tennessee  (SB 1243 and HB 1191) vetoed by Governor Haslam on May 13, 2013.
Vermont Bill (S 126) filed March 2013. Bill did not pass; sponsor renounced his own bill after learning its true purpose.
Wyoming Bill (H.B. 126) dead as of March 2013. Bill passed House but failed in a Senate committee. Legislature adjourned.
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade  to stay up to date on ways you can help! You can also enter your zip code here  to look up your governor and state legislators and contact them to ask that they vote against these dangerous bills. Bill passed House but failed in a Senate committee. Legislature adjourned.