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Indiana bill banning videotape whistleblowers advances

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A proposal that would make it illegal to secretly take videos or photographs that could make a business look bad is advancing toward possible approval in the Indiana Legislature.

The Senate voted 29-21 on Friday in favor of the bill and a House vote is expected later in the day.

Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says the bill is needed to protect factories and farms from "vigilantes" who are out to harm those businesses.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail to secretly record images "with the intent to harm" a business on the property.

Sen. Tim Lanane of Anderson says it's wrong to put someone in criminal jeopardy for taking photos if they document the truth.



Posted 4/26/2013