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House passes whistleblower punishment bill

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By a 67-10 vote, the House today passed HB 1665 to allow lawsuits against people who take unauthorized video on commercial property.

The bill is aimed particularly at discouraging those who've documented animal cruelty in food processing facilities. In many cases, employees of the business have provided the information. But the bill could apply to any business — including a nursing home, daycare facility and other operation where abuse and neglect can occur with little knowledge by the outside world.

The Humane Society of the United States fought the bill as way to stop whistleblowers. It now goes to the Senate.

Earlier in the day, the House voted 85-0 to prohibit photographs of nursing home residents without their consent.





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