'Ag gag' bill may gag free speech, say legal scholars
“We all know it’s a thinly veiled attempt to eliminate investigative reporting and whistle-blowing regarding abuses in our food production chain,”
Iowa's new 'ag gag' bill headed to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk will almost certainly face a constitutional challenge claiming it violates free speech rights, two legal scholars said Wednesday.
House File 589 would create a new crime of “agricultural production facility fraud.” A person who obtains access to a farm facility by false pretenses or lies on a job application with the intent to commit an act not authorized by the owner could be found guilty and face serious or aggravated misdemeanor charges.
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