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Amendment

 

February Session, 2014

LCO No. 3915

   
 

*HB0541603915HDO*

Offered by:

 

REP. URBAN, 43rd Dist.

REP. HENNESSY, 127th Dist.

REP. MEGNA, 97th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5416

File No. 466

Cal. No. 274

"AN ACT ESTABLISHING A LIVESTOCK CARE STANDARDS ADVISORY COUNCIL. "

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2014) (a) There is established a Livestock Care Standards Advisory Council that shall consist of the following members: (1) The Commissioner of Agriculture; (2) the state veterinarian; (3) a Connecticut-based veterinarian who is a member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, as appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture; (4) a representative of the Connecticut Farm Bureau, as appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture; (5) a Connecticut-based livestock or poultry farmer who has a current membership in a humane certification program, as appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture; (6) a representative of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, as appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture; (7) a representative of a national non-profit animal welfare organization, as appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture; and (8) a representative of the Connecticut chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, as appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture. Each appointed member shall serve for a term of three years from the date of his or her appointment. No appointed member shall serve for more than two terms. No member shall receive compensation for his or her service on the advisory council.

(b) The Commissioner of Agriculture shall serve as the chairperson of the advisory council. The advisory council shall meet at such times as the chairperson determines is necessary, provided the advisory council meets not less than once per calendar year and the first meeting of the advisory council occurs not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section. A quorum shall be required for the advisory council to conduct business. Five members of the advisory council shall constitute a quorum. The advisory council shall be located in the Department of Agriculture for administrative purposes only.

(c) The advisory council shall have the following duties: (1) Conduct a review and evaluation of state laws applicable to the care and handling of livestock; (2) submit policy recommendations, including, but not limited to, legislative recommendations, to the Commissioner of Agriculture concerning the care and handling of livestock. In performing such review and evaluation, the advisory council shall consider the following: (A) The overall health and welfare of livestock species, (B) agricultural best management practices, (C) biosecurity and disease prevention, (D) animal morbidity and mortality data, (E) food safety practices, (F) the protection of local and affordable food supplies for state residents, and (G) humane transport and slaughter practices; and (3) submit a recommendation to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment concerning the need to regulate the tethering or confining of gestating sows by farm owners or operators. Concomitant with the submission of any recommendation to the Commissioner of Agriculture, the advisory council shall submit, pursuant to section 11-4a of the general statutes, such recommendation to the joint committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to agriculture. The advisory council may engage in outreach and education activities related to state laws concerning the care and handling of livestock. "

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2014

New section