Judge: Kansas must pay groups who challenged 'Ag-Gag' law
July 16, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- (AP) A federal judge awarded on Wednesday nearly $176,300 in attorney fees and expenses to animal rights advocates who successfully challenged provisions in a Kansas law that banned the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities.
U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil issued the award after finding earlier this year that the state's "Ag-Gag" law unconstitutionally criminalized free speech. Vratil issued a permanent injunction against it in April.
The law, which was enacted in 1990, had made it a crime or anyone to take a picture or video at animal faci...