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Arkansas Senate approves bill allowing companies to sue over secret videos

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 15, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has approved a bill that would let companies sue anyone, including employees, if they share a secretly made videotape aimed at harming a business owner. The bill was set up to target agricultural practices, but opponents say it goes too far and could threaten nearly all whistleblowers.

Sen. Gary Stubblefield said there are other laws to protect those who expose illegal practices. He said his bill targets people who obtain material from nonpublic areas of commercial property and release the material to harm the owner.

Animal-welfare groups said the bill goes too far, suggesting it could shield wrongdoing at a day care center or food-processing plant.

The Senate passed the bill Wednesday on a 28-3 vote. It goes back to the House to consider Senate amendments.

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TimberTopper says... March 15, 2017 at 4:58 p.m.

This is BS! Asa DON"T sign it!

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KnuckleBall says... March 15, 2017 at 6:46 p.m.

This is another stupid bill by part of the Lunacy Crew.... This group is doing their best to keep us at #50.... well really further down the line than that... we will even be behind •American Samoa.
•Guam.
•Northern Mariana Islands.
•Puerto Rico.
•U.S. Virgin Islands

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LR1955 says... March 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.

ArkDemGaz, do you have that bill number in your notes? I guess not, our local legislature is covered by the Associated Press, not out local paper.

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NoUserName says... March 15, 2017 at 8:45 p.m.

HB 1665
Terrible bill.

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BEARTRAP919 says... March 15, 2017 at 8:49 p.m.

Full Time, Full House, Legislators making a statement here, and that statement is this, We are a bunch of dumb asses passing legislation that you are going to have to follow.

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DerbiRider says... March 15, 2017 at 9:40 p.m.

Less freedom. More fascism. Useful idiorats rakin' in th' cheese. This is truly 3rd world crap!

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