State Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, chairman of the Agriculture Committee, says the vote was a rebuke to the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and similar animal rights groups.

ā€œIt tells them that they aren't welcome here, that they won't be successful here and that they will be defeated,ā€ he says.

Legislative Bill 305 cleared the first of three rounds of approval on a 35-1 vote.

The measure that advanced was scaled back from its original form.

As introduced by Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill, the bill would have created a state meat inspection program, similar to programs in 27 other states. Larson introduced an amendment Wednesday to simply require a study of what would be needed to start a state program.

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