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Hog-farm permit bill moves to full Arkansas House

Measure restricts public comments

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Photographs by Staton Breidenthal

Rep. Jeff Wardlaw, R-Hermitage, speaks in favor of his bill on state animal-farm permits Tuesday. Michael Grappe (left), director of special projects at the Department of Environmental Quality, said banks and farmers need the “protection” the measure provides.

An Arkansas House committee approved with no dissent Tuesday a bill that would ensure limitations to what the public can comment on regarding state animal-farm permits that have already been issued.

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