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Ind. bill targeting farm trespassers up for vote

– An Indiana Senate committee is due to vote on a bill that would crack down on farm trespassers.

The bill aims to protect farmers from unwanted guests looking to hurt their business, such as by snapping unflattering photos or sharing trade secrets. A similar bill failed last session.

The bill would allow farmers to hang signs banning whatever they deem as harmful activities. Some groups representing Indiana farmers say that would create an extra burden, and lawmakers might strip that language before the vote.

Animal-rights activists are concerned the bill also could discourage whistleblowers from reporting animal cruelty on farms.

The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee scheduled a vote on the bill Tuesday morning.