Arkansas Bill Allows Companies to Sue Over Secret Videos

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press  on Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017 3:51 pm  

Gary Stubblefield

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 says 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 say the bill goes too far, suggesting it could shield wrongdoing at a daycare 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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