Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wrestles with whether to sign 'ag gag' bill

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NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam said today he continues to wrestle with whether to sign or veto a bill that makes it a crime to video or record cases of animal cruelty unless the material is handed over to law enforcement within 48 hours.

"At the end of the day it comes back to is it good policy? Is it constitutional, and do we think it's something that well actually help the welfare of animals and livestock?" Haslam told reporters following an education event at a Smyrna elementary school.

Critics have dubbed the measure the "ag gag" bill, charging it is designed to quash independent efforts such as the undercover investigation that revealed how state-based trainers beat and used caustic substances to burn the hooves of Tennessee walking horses.