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Kentucky Ag recording bill awaits governor decision
Kentucky Ag Connection - 04/01/2024

Kentucky's Senate Bill 16, which restricts recording activities at farms and food processing facilities, hangs in the balance as it reaches Governor Beshear's desk. The bill outlaws using drones or any recording equipment without the owner's written consent.

Supporters, including agribusiness giant Tyson Foods, believe the bill safeguards the state's agricultural industry. They argue that unauthorized recordings could be misleading or damage the industry's reputation. Opponents, however, express concern that the bill stifles transparency and hinders workers from exposing potential safety hazards within these facilities.

Facing initial resistance due to its potential to obstruct whistle-blowing efforts, the bill underwent revisions. A compromise was reached, allowing government employees to conduct recordings during official inspections or investigations. This amended version received approval from both the Kentucky House and Senate.

Governor Beshear now holds the reins. He can either sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. The state legislature resumes its session on April 12th to finalize matters for the current year. This decision by the Governor is likely to be closely watched by both agricultural interests and those concerned about worker safety and transparency within these facilities.


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