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Senate panel revises bill targeting livestock farm limits

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indiana Senate committee has stripped the original provisions from a bill that sought to limit local governments’ control over large livestock farms and replaced it with a measure calling for a study looking at how existing local ordinances impact those farms.

The bill passed Monday by the Senate Agricultural Committee calls for Purdue University to conduct that study and report its findings back to lawmakers by November.

The bill’s original version would have stopped counties and other local governments from adopting any rules more stringent than current state laws on building livestock structures in areas zoned for agricultural use.

Committee Chairwoman Jean Leising (LEYE’-sing), an Oldenburg Republican who’s sponsoring the bill, says she was unable to determine how many counties had actually imposed restrictions on livestock farms.