Environment Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

H.B. 5312

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR CHANGES TO THE POULTRY DEALER LICENSING STATUTE

Vote Date:

3/4/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/24/2016

File No.:

 

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Environment Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill combines earlier language in proposed bills H.B 5312, H.B 5313, and S.B. 145.

H.B. 5312, proposed by the Dept. of Agriculture, the original bill aims to modernize and eliminate redundancies in the poultry dealer licensing statute.

H.B 5313, proposed by the Agriculture, replaces language that offers growers and sellers of live poultry and eggs the opportunity to request inspection by the Department with language that offers registration of the flock in the National Poultry Improvement Plan program or an avian disease control program administered by the Department.

S.B. 145 recommends that producers and sellers of eggs to end users accurately identify and label their source, particularly on recycled egg cartons at farmers' markets. The reuse of egg cartons by small producers, though legal, could create confusion as to the source of the eggs.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Steven K. Reviczky, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture The Department is supportive of the legislation for the following reasons:

H.B. 5212 modernizes and eliminates redundancies in the terminology of the poultry dealer licensing statute.

H.B 5313 incorporates the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) into state law. The NPIP is a voluntary, cooperative industry, state, and federal program. Certification indicates that poultry and poultry products destined for interstate and international shipments are disease-free. Non-NPIP certified poultry can be moved into most states, including Connecticut, provided they test negative for certain avian disease and are accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection.

S.B. 145 recommends that small eggs producers who commonly use recycled egg containers relabel them with name and address to avoid confusion as to their source. No penalty is to be levied, however, for noncompliance.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Henry Talmage, Executive Director, Connecticut Farm Bureau In his testimony, Mr. Talmage stated that the bill components represent important improvements to the statues that will clarify authority, improve operating efficiency and provide the Commissioner with the tools he needs to carry out of duties and responsibilities of the Department of Agriculture.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed

Jane Dauphinais

Date: 3/15/2016