Animal advocates have slammed the bill -- and the way it was introduced.
"The purpose of the ag-gag bill is to prevent transparency," said Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States. "The way they try to get the bill through is that they sneak it through the middle of the night so they can go without any public debate."
While similar bills in other states have been criticized as potentially unconstitutional, Kentucky's ag-gag bill is particularly egregious because it was attached to an existing, popular bill -- one that was virtually unrelated to its content, besides the presence of animals.
"This is not the first time we have seen corporate agricultural interests try to slip an ag-gag provision into a bill at the eleventh hour, but it is especially disappointing that it was added to legislation designed to improve the welfare of animals in Kentucky," Daisy Freund, senior manager of Farm Animal Welfare for the ASPCA, told ABC.
Even Rep. Jenkins, who originally sponsored the bill, said she'd rather it didn't pass, the way it is now.