Bill would block local limits on large livestock facilities

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Local governments would be prohibited from placing restrictions on large livestock facilities in rural areas under a bill being considered in the Indiana Senate.

The bill would prevent county or other local officials from adopting any rules beyond state laws on building livestock structures in areas zoned for agricultural use.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Jean Leising of Oldenburg told The Indianapolis Star that her bill is responding to various counties around the state that have sought moratoriums on large facilities, which can house thousands of hogs or cows.

Some environmentalists and local government leaders say the proposal would wrongly strip away local authority.

The agriculture committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Monday.

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