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Oprah's Victory May Spell Defeat for Missouri Law

February 29, 1998
By: Caroline Noel
State Capital Bureau
As Oprah celebrates her victory in Amarillo, Texas Missouri legislators may be shelving plans to pass their own version of veggie libel law. Caroline Noel reports from the Capital.

"The First Amendment not only lives, it rocks," Oprah happily exclaimed when the jury handed down its decision after two days of deliberation. The Oprah case was the first big test of the Texas statute that protects agricultural products from false and disparaging remarks.

Its failure spells uncertainty for passage of a similar bill in Missouri.

Actuality: "With Oprah's winning here, this may not be a tool
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OutCue: "..that would provide protection."
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Representative Hegeman supports what's called the veggie libel bill, but doubts that it will become law. Like the Texas statute, this bill would punish any person who knowingly disseminates false statements regarding agricultural products.

For KMOX News, this is Caroline Noel.