The Arkansas Senate Judiciary Committee has tabled a bill aimed at outlawing undercover investigations of farms.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor to videotape livestock and poultry operations without permission from the owner. It would also make it illegal to apply for a job at a farm under false pretenses in order to gain access to the property. The committee also tabled a bill outlawing private investigations of animal cruelty.

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Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, who sponsored the bill, told the Associated Press he deferred action on both measures on January 16 because he didn't realize how complicated the issue was.