Editorial: Toning down ‘ag gag’ bill right move for state

A bill introduced in this session of the state Legislature could have had a chilling effect on First Amendment rights had changes not been made.

Senate Bill 101, commonly known as the “ag gag” bill, would allow farmers to post signs prohibiting trespassing that could compromise operations or trade secrets. Proponents say the bill protects agricultural operations. However, the bill’s original language took aim at people who make photographs or record videos of farming operations.

The original version drew support from organizations such as Indiana Farm Bureau. The organization said in a news release that it was important that state laws “protect the rights of Hoosiers to advance and grow all businesses, including farms, to strengthen Indiana’s economy and make Indiana a positive place to work, play and raise a family.”

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