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Sen. Jim Norman scales back bill that inadvertently criminalized farm photography
March 22, 2011
St. Pete Times

TALLAHASSEE — One of the first bills Jim Norman proposed as a state senator targets animal-rights activists who sneak onto farms to capture footage of agricultural practices they consider cruel.

But when initially filed, the Tampa Republican's legislation would have triggered a first-degree felony charge — the same level for rape or murder — for anyone who took photos or video of a farm or its animals without the property owner's consent.

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