A federal judge shot down
Judge Laurie Smith-Camp says the law interfered with interstate commerce and violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Six plaintiffs filed a lawsuit late last year, including a former state senator. No trial of the legal issues was conducted.
Attorney General Jon Bruning is reviewing legal options. If an appeal is filed, the law would remain in effect until it completes its journey through the legal system.
Nebraska Farmers Union president John Hansen, who helped put together Initiative 300, says the judge denied state citizens an opportunity to have their day in court. He is pushing Bruning to seek an injunction to delay implementation of the judge’s ruling.
Initiative 300 came about as a response to the 1980s farm crisis, when corporations became landowners, often through foreclosure. The law, with few exceptions, banned ownership of agricultural land or livestock by non-family farm corporations or limited liability partnerships.
The judge ruled that Initiative 300 violates the
Now, the battle will shift from Initiative 300 to county zoning regulations.