A divided Kentucky Legislature was not expected to pass a controversial animal euthanasia bill on Monday before taking a week off and then briefly returning to consider bills vetoed by the governor. House Bill 222, which originally prohibited animal shelters from using gas or decompression chambers to euthanize stray pets, passed the Kentucky House on an 84-to-6 vote March 7. In the Senate, however, HB 222 was amended to prohibit anyone from taking pictures or making videos of animal agriculture operations without permission of an owner or manager. Anyone violating the new statute could be jailed for up to 90 days and fined up to $250. The amended HB 222 passed the Senate on March 28 on a 32-to-6 vote. The surprise amendments to HB 222 in the Senate Agriculture Committee were seen as the handiwork of the powerful Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation. A spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) accused the Farm Bureau of sneaking the amendments though in the middle of the night “so they can go without any public debate.” However, the Kentucky legislative calendar is breaking in favor of animal rights groups such as HSUS. State Rep. Joni Jenkins (D-Shively), sponsor of the original version of HB 222, is not asking the House to bring the bill back up for any reconciliation with the Senate. “It was noncontroversial,” she told ABC News. “I don’t think many people were ever against it. To take a simple bill and make it something much more complicated, and maybe even unconstitutional, is certainly disturbing. I would hope it just dies.” And, after Monday, Kentucky lawmakers are scheduled to take off until April 14, when they return for one day to reconsider bills vetoed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bashear. The divided Kentucky Legislature, with the House controlled 54-46 by Democrats and the Senate controlled 23-14 by Republicans (with one independent), is scheduled to adjourn April 15. HB 222 was amended to shield animal agriculture from outside exposure about one month after an undercover investigation at a western Kentucky hog farm that focused on caged and diseased piglets. Last year, a similar bill passed the legislature in neighboring Tennessee, but it was vetoed by Republican Gov. William Edward “Bill” Haslam.