Iowa Legislature approves bill targeting animal abuse videos
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa has become the first state to pass legislation that criminalizes the act of surreptitiously getting into a farming operation to videotape animal abuse, setting a precedent for others considering similar measures.
The legislation passed the Iowa Senate and House on Tuesday evening and now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad, who has three days to decide whether to sign it.
Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said Wednesday that the governor would study the bill before making a decision, but he noted that Branstad was impressed by the support the measure had in both chambers. The bill passed the Senate 40-10 and then was approved by the House, 69-28.
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