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Article posted Mar 01 2011, 8:27 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: Florida Tribune Print

Photographing cows or other farm scenery could land you in jail under Senate bill


Taking photographs from the roadside of a sunrise over hay bales near the Suwannee River, horses grazing near Ocala or sunset over citrus groves along the Indian River could land you in jail under a Senate bill filed Monday.

SB 1246 by Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, would make it a first-degree felony to photograph a farm without first obtaining written permission from the owner. A farm is defined as any land "cultivated for the purpose of agricultural production, the raising and breeding of domestic animals or the storage of a commodity."

Media law experts say the ban would violate freedoms protected in the U. S. Constitution. But Wilton Simpson, a farmer who lives in Norman's district, said the bill is needed to protect the property rights of farmers and the "intellectual property" involving farm operations.

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L.S.

Posted: Mar 02 2011, 1:31 AM

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The very first line in this bill presents a problem. Sec.1/1 ...."a farm or other property where legitimate agriculture operations are being conducted"...
The word: "legitimate," jumped out immediately. I can't find the full-text pdf. so I won't expand beyond this, until I've read it.





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