2009 House Bill 5127 ↩
Senate Roll Call 494:
To impose and enforce farm animal care regulations on agricultural producers, and impose fees on farms sufficient to pay for this new regulatory regime. The bill would phase in a prohibition on tethering or confining any pregnant pigs ("gestating sow"), egg-laying hens, or veal calves for all or the majority of any day in a manner that prevented the animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending its limbs, or turning around freely. The legislature acted because animal rights organizations threatened to gather signatures and place on the ballot an initiative imposing much more draconian regulations on producers.