Proposal to ban secret videotaping at Indiana farms, businesses fails in Indiana Legislature
Bill withdrawn in the House
Last Updated: 229 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A proposal making it illegal to secretly take videos or photographs that could make a business look bad has failed in the Indiana Legislature.
Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle said Friday night he wouldn't try to advance another version of the bill a few hours after it was withdrawn in the House.
That followed a lengthy debate during which several opponents criticized it for exposing industrial whistleblowers or even unhappy restaurant customers to possible criminal charges.
The bill would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail to commit "an act ... with the intent to harm" a business on the property.
Holdman said state law should protect factories and farms from "vigilantes."
The Senate approved the bill in a 29-21 vote earlier Friday.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.