Right-to-farm laws already exist in all states in America. In spite of this, ALEC developed model legislation around the mid 1990’s to expand these laws to cover larger farms to push the corporate farming agenda. In the case of this particular model bill the aim was to undermine existing local farm laws to make it more difficult to regulate pollution, noise, and animal welfare.
At some point after 1996 the model bill was changed into an amendment to the state constitution itself. This is the equivalent of State Question (SQ) 777 which is being voted on in the Oklahoma November ballot.
The intention with all ALEC proposals is that the model be taken back to the state where legislators develop it into a proposal specific to the state. That is the reason nearly identical language is seen in many of these proposals.
We can see this very clearly by…
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