BOISE, Idaho (AP) — How dairies manage their cows' waste would be kept secret under a measure that cleared the House Agricultural Affairs Committee.

After Wednesday's vote, the bill to make dairies' nutrient management plans of dairies — and information from those plans — exempt from disclosure under the Idaho Public Records Act goes to a House vote.

The Idaho Dairymen's Association contends a Fruitland, Idaho-based activist group, Idaho Concerned Area Residents for the Environment, has abused the records law to harass dairies by putting this information on the Internet.

Bob Naerebout, the Idaho Dairymen's Association's director, told the panel that any violations found during dairy inspections would remain available to the public.

Naerebout says his bill strikes the right balance between the public's right to information and a private business's right to privacy.

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