February 17, 2016

Idaho

Criminalizes “interfering” with an agricultural production facility.

This law makes it a crime to “interfere” with an “agricultural production facility.” The crime of “interference” includes: (1) entering an agricultural production facility by misrepresentation or trespass; (2) obtaining records under false pretense; and/or (3) seeking employment with the intent to cause economic injury to the facility’s operations. “Interference” is punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000. 

This law went into effect on Feb. 28, 2014. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and others filed a lawsuit on March 17, 2014 alleging the law violates the First Amendment. On August 3, 2015, Judge B. Lynn Winmill, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, ruled that Idaho’s law was unconstitutional and in violation of the First Amendment. Judge Winmill’s decision is currently on appeal before the 9th Circuit.

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