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2017 Senate Bill 660: Delay phase-in of chicken and livestock rules
Introduced by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on November 8, 2017
To revise a 2009 law that imposed additional farm animal care regulations and fees on producers to be phased-in over several years, by delaying enforcement of rules on egg-laying hens from April 1, 2020 to Oct. 12, 2025. The bill would also establish that the legislature “finds” that “eggs from laying hens that are exposed to significant stress may result in deleterious effects on the health, safety, and welfare of consumers”.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on November 8, 2017
Reported in the Senate on December 12, 2017
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on January 31, 2018
To change the legislative "finding" attached to the bill. See introduced and as-passed descriptions for details.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on January 31, 2018
Passed 32 to 5 in the Senate on January 31, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To revise a 2009 law that imposed additional farm animal care regulations and fees on producers to be phased-in over several years, by delaying enforcement of rules on egg-laying hens from April 1, 2020 to Oct. 12, 2025. The bill would also establish a legislative "finding" that the rules against narrow chicken confinement are needed to protect consumers "from increased risk of food borne illness".
Received in the House on January 31, 2018
Referred to the House Government Operations Committee on January 31, 2018

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