'Ag gag' bill may gag free speech, sa...

'Ag gag' bill may gag free speech, say legal scholars

There are 4 comments on the www.desmoinesregister.com story from Mar 1, 2012, titled 'Ag gag' bill may gag free speech, say legal scholars. In it, www.desmoinesregister.com reports that:

“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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Your Ex

Madison, WI

#1 Mar 1, 2012
An admission on the part of Big Ag.
"If you knew what we did,
You wouldn't let us do it"

Brecksville, OH

#2 Mar 1, 2012
Fraud is not protected by any free speech process.

Potton, UK

#3 Mar 5, 2012
Is animal abuse protected by 'freedom'? Apparently so. Shame on these sorry excuses for human beings.

Chesterfield, MO

#4 Mar 6, 2012
If Big Ag can't stand the scrutiny of investigation, undercover or not, it indicates to me that they're engaged in practices that are not approved of. Animal abuse is not acceptable under any circumstances. So disappointing that another person in a powerful position has sold his support for Ag dollars.

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