- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Legislature is proposing to give $1.15 million to settle a case with a former Panhandle pig farmer who sued the state.

The House and Senate include the money in initial drafts of a new state budget released Thursday night.

Stephen Basford closed down his farm in Jackson County after voters in 2002 approved an amendment that prohibited the tying up or confining of gestating sows in enclosures too small for them to turn around freely.

Nearly 55 percent of the state’s voters approved the amendment. The measure applied to just two farms in the state.

State legislators attempted to compensate the two farms but then-Gov. Jeb Bush vetoed the funding. Basford sued the state in 2010 for the cost of the barns and other equipment he had used for his farm.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide