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Bill changing branding regulations becomes law Featured

Written by  Press Release Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:22
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin Tuesday signed a bill amending livestock branding requirements for the state of Oklahoma.

House Bill 1193 by state Rep. Rick West transfers the duties of approving brands and publishing the State Brand Book to a statewide livestock organization selected by the State Board of Agriculture.

This measure also reserves a brand specifically for calves that are persistently infected with bovine viral diarrhea, or BVD. HB 1193 received broad bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.

“I’m grateful so many members of the House and Senate saw the merits of this bill, and I appreciate Gov. Fallin for signing my first bill of the session,” said West, R-Heavener. “Sen. Roland Pederson played an important role in explaining the importance of this bill to state senators, and I am thankful he was the senate author.”

HB 1193 ensures the statewide livestock organization selected by the State Board of Agriculture shall be the legal custodian of county brand record books that were maintained under prior laws. A revised State Brand Book shall be published by the organization at least every five years.
“This bill shrinks state government because branding responsibilities will now fall under an organization the State Board of Agriculture selects, instead of under the Board itself,” West said.

West represents House District 3, which includes parts of LeFlore County.

This is West’s first bill to be signed into law for the first session of the 56th Legislature.

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