July 1, 2016

Vermont

S. 162 was introduced in 2013.

If enacted, the bill would have prohibited “agricultural facility fraud,” defined as knowingly obtaining access to an agricultural facility by false pretenses, or making a knowingly false statement or representation as part of an application to be employed at an agricultural facility, with the intent to commit an act the person knows is not authorized by the facilities owner.

S. 162 was not enacted.

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July 1, 2016

Pennsylvania

H.B. 683 was introduced in 2013.

If enacted, the bill would have criminalized “interference with agricultural operations,” defined in part as: (1)recording images or sound at an agricultural operation without the owner’s consent; (2) using the internet to upload, download, transfer or send image or sound recordings made at agricultural operations; (3) obtaining access to an agricultural operation under false pretenses; and (4) applying for employment at an agricultural operation with the intent to create an image or sound recording at that operation, knowing at the time of application that making such recordings was prohibited.

H.B. 683 was not enacted.

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July 1, 2016

New York

S. 5172 was introduced in 2011.

If enacted, the bill would have created the crime of “unlawful tampering with a farm animal,” defined in part as “interference with a . . . farm through . . . unauthorized video, audio recording, or photography done without he farm owner’s written consent.”

S. 5172 lapsed in the Agricultural Committee in 2012.

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July 1, 2016

New Mexico

S.B. 221 was introduced in 2015.

If enacted, the bill would have required the rapid reporting—within 24 hours— to law enforcement of any digital or video recording depicting injury to livestock

Approved by conservation Committee, February 24, 2015; Referred to Judiciary Committee; Action Postponed Indefinitely. 

S.B. 221 lapsed in the Judiciary Committee at the end of the legislative session.

S.B. 552 was introduced in 2013.

If enacted, the bill would have criminalized (1) knowingly or intentionally making image or sound recordings at a livestock operation without the owner’s consent; (2) obtaining access to a livestock operation under false pretenses; (3)applying for employment at a livestock operation with the intent to create audio or visual recordings at that operation without the owner’s consent.

S.B. 552 was not enacted.

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July 1, 2016

New Hampshire

H.B. 110 was introduced in 2013.

If enacted, the bill would have required any person who recorded any activity constituting cruelty to livestock to report the cruelty and submit any photographs or video recordings to law enforcement within 24 hours of the recording’s creation.

H.B. 110 was rejected in September 2014.

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July 1, 2016

Nebraska

L.B. 915 was introduced in January 2012.

If enacted, this bill would have created the offense of “obtaining employment at an animal facility with intent to disrupt operations,” which was not further defined. The bill would also have required reporting of cruelty to livestock within 12 hours to “the entity or entities that investigate such reports,” along with all original photo, audio, and/or video evidence and any copies.

The bill was indefinitely postponed in April 2012.

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July 1, 2016

Minnesota

H.F. 1369 / S.F. 1118 was introduced in 2011.

If enacted, the bill would have criminalized “animal facility interference,” defined as willful: (1) production of an image or sound recording at an animal facility; (2)possession or distribution of such image or sound records; or (3) entry or refusal to exit an animal facility that is not open to the public after receiving notice the facility is nonpublic.

The bills were not enacted.

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July 1, 2016

Indiana

S.B. 373 was introduced in 2013.

If enacted the bill would have criminalized knowingly or intentionally entering agricultural or industrial operations and creating photos or videos of the property, structures, or operations being conducted without the written consent of the owner.

S.B. 373 was not enacted.

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July 1, 2016

Illinois

H.B. 5143 was introduced in 2012.

If enacted, the bill would have criminalized the creation or possession of a visual or sound recording made at an animal facility without the owner’s consent.

H.B. 5143 was tabled in March 2012.

S.B. 1532 was introduced in 2013.

If enacted, the bill would have provided that if any law enforcement officer, animal control officer, the Department, or an approved humane investigator determined that a complaint made against a person or entity was knowingly false, not made in good faith, and made with the intent to harass the person or entity, the Department may waive any confidentiality of the complainant and may refer the matter to the State’s Attorney for consideration of criminal charges against the complainant.

S. B. 1532 was not enacted.

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June 22, 2016

Kentucky

H.B. 222 was introduced in January 2014.

If enacted, the bill would have made it a class B misdemeanor to (1) obtain access to an agricultural operation through misrepresentation or fraud by applying for employment while knowing that the operation prohibits video, and while employed, to record images or sounds at that operation; or (2) to knowingly or intentionally record image or sounds at an agricultural operation while under the guise or pretense of being a customer, patron or consumer.

H.B. 222 was not enacted.

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