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Substitute House Bill No. 5078

Public Act No. 02-35

AN ACT CONCERNING ANIMAL DISEASE CONTROL.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 22-286 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2002):

The Commissioner of Agriculture shall have authority to cooperate with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, of the United States Department of Agriculture in any national [system] plan adopted by said department or service for the control and eradication of [bovine tuberculosis or any contagious or infectious disease of any bovine animal] livestock and avian contagious or infectious diseases. Said commissioner may accept from the United States such assistance, financial or otherwise, for the condemnation of diseased animals, for remunerating the owners thereof and for carrying out the provisions of this chapter [and chapter 432,] as may be available from time to time. Upon the acceptance of said [system] national plan by the Governor, after consultation with the commissioner, the [inspectors] officials of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, of the United States Department of Agriculture, at the request of the commissioner, shall have the right of inspection, quarantine and condemnation of animals affected with any contagious, infectious or communicable disease or suspected to be affected with, or that have been exposed to, any such disease, and may enter any grounds or premises for these purposes. [They] The commissioner may call upon [constables] law enforcement officials including, but not limited to, state police and municipal police officials to assist them in the discharge of their duties in carrying out the provisions of such national [system] plan and of this section, and [constables] law enforcement officials shall render such assistance when so called upon.

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2002) Section 22-326b of the general statutes is repealed.

Approved May 6, 2002