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Haslam vetos ‘ag gag’ bill

May 13th, 2013 - By Steve James

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -

 

Gov. Bill Haslam has vetoed a bill that would require images documenting animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

State Attorney General Bob Cooper last week said in a legal opinion that the measure would be “constitutionally suspect” because it could violate Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and for placing burdens on news collection.

Haslam said Monday that the opinion is one of the reasons he’s vetoing the bill.

Animal protection groups say the measure they have dubbed the “ag gag” bill is designed to prevent whistleblowers from collecting evidence of ongoing patterns of abuse.

The veto is Haslam’s second since he took office in 2010.