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Gov. Reynolds signs Ag Trespass legislation into law


This news story was published on March 14, 2019.
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DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed S.F. 519 into law following a bipartisan vote by both the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa State Senate earlier this week. She was joined by lawmakers, farmers, and leaders of the ag industry.

Photo of the bill signing ceremony via the governor’s office.

S.F. 519 is an act relating to offense in involving trespass to agricultural production facilities, providing penalties, and including effective date provisions.

A person commits agricultural production facility trespass if the person uses deception on a matter that would reasonably result in a denial of access to an agricultural production facility that is not open to the public, and, through such deception, gains access to the agricultural production facility, with the intent to cause physical or economic harm or other injury to the agricultural production facility’s operations, agricultural animals, crop, owner, personnel, equipment, building, premises, business interest, or customer. Or, uses deception on a matter that would reasonably result in a denial of an opportunity to be employed at an agricultural production facility that is not open to the public, and, through such deception, is so employed, with the intent to cause physical or economic harm or other injury to the agricultural production facility’s operations, agricultural animals, crop, owner, etc.

A person who commits agricultural production facility trespass is guilty of a serious misdemeanor for a first offense and an aggravated misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense.

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12 Responses to Gov. Reynolds signs Ag Trespass legislation into law

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Why would anyone pass a bill to allow the inhumane treatment and torture of animals to continue? This is no different then the police sending undercover agents in to find evidence of criminal activity. Let’s face it. This bill is nothing more then Gov. Reynolds helping farmers who use unethical methods to raise animals to continue their actions without oversight. Oversight the state itself should be enacting on humanitarian grounds.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2019 at 9:37 am

    3RD IN LINE – NUMBER 1 – Chinese government who owns 20% of all the meat industry in America told – NUMBER 2 Terry branstad who is ambassador to CHINA – told NUMBER 3 REYNOLDS – who is mearly a pawn to appease the Chinese. Wake up! Smell the pig shit!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 16, 2019 at 9:08 am

    All those comments from the same IDIOT!

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2019 at 10:19 am

      You call this person an idiot. Perhaps this person is not so greedy and selfish that she feels that allowing the inhumane treatment of animals just for profit should not be condoned. By the way, you didn’t buy your kids way into college, did you?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I guess I vote democrat from now on.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2019 at 9:09 am

      You always have voted Democrat and your stupid is showing.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    My respect for gov. reynolds has just hit a new low.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2019 at 9:10 am

      As a Democrat you never respected her anyway, so, no one cares.

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    Harry N. Sach Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks Peter. I can only assume you’re out of 5 East….again.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Yes, protect the pig farming shitheads that pollute our land our air and our water. Really nice YA dumb bitch. How about we find better healthier ways to make money than some dirty ass swine? It’s ok that hog farmers routinely ignore their allowed limit of animals in a building, it’s ok they leave piles of rotting corpses and diseased pigs laying around outside for animals to eat and potentially contract illness from, it’s ok that some of them pump waste into water ways. It’s fine that they knock down groves of trees or clear fields to build these ugly structures that ruin the countryside. When I was a kid you could count the number of confinement on one hand tween mason and iowa falls, now you count how many times you put the Windows up and cover your mouth and nose. I saw a baby pig fall out the side of a semi trailer onto the interstate last summer. If anyone needs protecting its the environment and the people of iowa from these hog producers. It’s amazing, we could be producing industrial hemp on that land and making ten times hogs net us the whole time we would be producing oxygen and reducing pollution. Something to think about. It seems pretty interesting that the gov. Would out’of her way to provide special protection to a political lobby, tell me pork didn’t pump money into politics and I’ll ask you to look in mirror, I’ll have shown you a retarded kid.

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      I love dogs Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      Good response. In addition to hogs, this bill protects puppy mill owners too. No longer can someone film the despicable conditions some of the breeders have at their so-called kennels.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 16, 2019 at 9:12 am

      You call her a Dumb Bitch and she is governor and you are…..nothing.