Iowa legislature passes bill to prosecute undercover farm investigators
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Iowa legislature passes bill to prosecute undercover farm investigators

The Iowa legislature approved a bill on Tuesday to prosecute individuals who trespass on farms or puppy mills to record animal living conditions.

The bill, approved by a vote of 41-8 in the Senate and 65-32 in the House, would create a trespassing charge for undercover investigators that film abusive animal living conditions and publicize the images.

The new legislation comes in response to a recent decision by a federal judge striking down a 2012 Iowa law as a violation of free speech rights of these undercover investigators. This decision has been appealed.

The newly crafted bill has been sent to Governor Kim Reynolds to sign into law, who has previously voiced support.