Haslam Vetoes ‘Ag Gag’ Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam today vetoed the so-called "Ag Gag" bill, which would have required images documenting animal abuse be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours, Knoxnews reports. Haslam cited three concerns that affected his decision: the measure’s questionable constitutionality, the possible unintended consequence of making it harder for district attorneys to prosecute animal cruelty cases, and allegations that the bill repeals part of Tennessee’s Shield Law. Animal rights groups, civil liberties groups and a wide range of celebrities applauded the decision.