A North Carolina Senate committee is set to debate a bill that opponents say is designed to stop activists and journalists from exposing abuses and violations among food producers.
The committee is to discuss a bill Thursday that makes it a crime for an employee to lie during the application process to later capture undercover footage of the workplace. Lawmakers will not take a vote.
A coalition of 25 groups opposes the bill. They say it's designed to prevent cruel or unsanitary conditions from coming to light in the way a Butterball turkey farm in the state was exposed last year.
The North Carolina Chamber of Commerce says current employees who become whistleblowers are still protected and the public interest is better served by law enforcement, not third-party activists