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A dangerous farm bill

Bob Ingersoll and Katelynn Stepien July 31st, 2013

We were dismayed to learn that the U.S. House farm bill has a section authored by Iowa Congressman Steve King that would erase state laws regarding to agriculture. In other words, vital laws that protect our food safety, the environment, and animal welfare would go out the window if this language makes it into the final version.

As an example, numerous states have passed laws protecting mother dogs trapped inside puppy mills, yet this would be repealed by King’s amendment.

Thankfully, the Senate doesn’t have this dangerous language in its version of the farm bill. Oklahoma Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, who is likely to be in the bill’s conference committee, must work to ensure that King’s language doesn’t make it into the final bill when the House and Senate combine wording.

As compassionate Oklahomans, let’s encourage him to do the right thing by urging him to oppose King’s amendment to the 2013 farm bill.

—Bob Ingersoll & Katelynn Stepien, Norman

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