|Sweeney's Groundbreaking Legislation signed into Law|
(Des Moines)- Friday March 2, 2012 Governor Terry Branstad signed into law HF589 Ag Protection Act, which was drafted by Representative Annette Sweeney (R-Alden) who is Chair of the Iowa House Agriculture Committee.
House File 589 would make it a crime for individuals to fraudulently gain access
to a farm operation with the intent to cause harm. It also penalizes organizations or persons who aid or abet someone who misrepresented facts to gain access to a crop or livestock farms.
"This groundbreaking, first in the nation legislation will take steps to protect family farms from disingenuous people and organizations with their extremist agenda" said Rep. Annette Sweeney. "Iowa's family farmers by a vast majority take pride and care into their farm operations, House File 589, sends the signal that if you do commit fraud, it's illegal. This bill will ensure everyone who works on farms is honest about animal care and has their best interest of in mind." Sweeney went on to say "I am proud this bi-partisan legislation passed overwhelmingly Iowa Senate 40 to 10 and passed the Iowa House 68 to 28."
Iowa is the first state in the nation to sign into law this type of legislation. Representative Sweeney's bill has been patterned nationally in the following states of Nebraska, Utah, Minnesota, Florida and Tennessee. Representative Sweeney has spoken at several national conference's on HF589 and is a strong proponent of agriculture and lives on her family farm in Alden, Iowa.
Pictured left to right: Zach Dalluge, Joe Sweeney, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, Gov. Terry Branstad, Rep. Annette Sweeney, David Sweeney and Paul Rouse.