Monday Wrap: Pig in a poke

Posted April 10

— After much heated debate, the House approved a bill Monday to limit the liability of agricultural or forestry operations in lawsuits filed by nearby residents over odor and other nuisances, but only after a provision to apply the legislation to pending litigation against pork giant Smithfield Foods was dropped.

Hundreds of hog farmers packed the Legislative Building to support the bill, saying their livelihood depends on the continued operations of Smithfield Foods. But lawmakers said they don't want to step into ongoing litigation to help one side or another.

In other action, the House once again approved a bill to require insurers to cover oral chemotherapy treatment the same way intravenous treatments are covered. The chamber also passed legislation designed to cut into the opioid addiction crisis through more restrictions on prescription painkillers.


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