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Gov. Reynolds signs Ag Trespass legislation into law

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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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