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Sponsor is John G. Mathis [R].

http://le.utah.gov/~2012/bills/hbillint/hb0187.htm

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This bill:
. defines agricultural operation;
. provides that a person is guilty of agricultural operation interference if the person, without the consent of the owner of the operation, records an image of, or sound from, an agricultural operation while on the property where the agricultural operation is located;
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(1) As used in this section, "agricultural operation" means the commercial production of crops, orchards, aquaculture, livestock, poultry, livestock products, or poultry products, and the facilities, equipment, or property used to facilitate the commercial production.

(2) A person is guilty of agricultural operation interference if the person, without
consent from the owner of the operation, or the owner's agent, knowingly or intentionally records an image of, or sound from, the operation:
  • (a) while the person is on the property where the agricultural operation is located; or
  • (b) by leaving a recording device on the property where the agricultural operation is located.
(3) A person who commits agricultural operation interference is guilty of:
  • (a) for a first offense, a class A misdemeanor; or
  • (b) for a subsequent offense, a felony of the third degree.
 

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None have passed yet, but these things are going to keep popping up like Whack-a-Moles. And don't be surprised if the first state one passes will be a Big Ag state with weak animal welfare laws.
 

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"Terrorists" now means people who take pictures of atrocities to try to stop them apparently. Disgusting.
 

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None have passed yet, but these things are going to keep popping up like Whack-a-Moles. And don't be surprised if the first state one passes will be a Big Ag state with weak animal welfare laws.
Like the one I live in, sadly.
 

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Almost can't believe he'd be that brazen praising his donor friends, huh?

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Utah Rep. John Mathis (R) has introduced a bill that would criminalize individuals who take undercover video footage at factory farms, a practice which is often done to expose the abuse of animals and conditions that would make food unsafe for human consumption. The bill would make this filming a Class A misdemeanor and a third-degree felony on the second offense, the same as assaulting a police officer.

At a hearing about his bill that took place earlier this month, Mathis praised the presence of individuals from the agriculture industry. Its fun to see my good Ag friends in this committee, Mathis said. All my good friends are here. One can interpret Mathiss comments as praising an industry he is ideologically predisposed to, or perhaps as the legislator complimenting his personal friends.

However, what Mathis did not reveal in his comments was that both of the apparent friends he was praising were also a major donor to his campaign. One of the individuals who testified that day was Mike Kohler of the Utah Dairy Producers (sometimes called the Dairy Producers of Utah). The other individual who testified was Sterling Brown of the Utah Farm Bureau.

Read more: http://www.republicreport.org/2012/u...ory-farm-bill/
 
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