‘Right to Farm’ amendment debate kicks off

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)  Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a debate on a “right to farm” measure that would restrict the state’s power to regulate agriculture.

The proposal by Sen. John Kuehn of Heartwell would guarantee the right to “engage in farming and ranching practices” in Nebraska’s constitution if voters approve it in November. The amendment would prevent lawmakers from passing new agricultural regulations without a compelling state interest.

Kuehn said Wednesday that agriculture is the state’s top industry and needs protection from out-of-state animal rights activists. Opponents, including some farm groups, say the measure is too vague and broad.

North Dakota voters approved a similar measure in 2012, followed by Missouri in 2014. Oklahoma voters will consider a “right to farm” amendment in the November general election.

The measure is LR378CA