AR-News: (US-wa) House passes mad cow bills
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Sun Feb 15 10:29:56 EST 2004
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state House on Friday passed bills aimed at dealing
with mad cow disease and reviving the struggling Washington beef industry.
Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, who chairs the House Agriculture and
Natural Resources Committee, joined Rep. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, in
sponsoring the bills.
House Bill 2802 would outlaw the transportation and delivery of live
"downer" livestock - animals too sick or weak to stand or walk by
themselves - except for medical care or euthanasia.
Another bill, HB 2298, would strengthen the state Agriculture Department's
authority to quarantine and treat diseased animals. And HB 2299 would
prepare Washington to join a federal livestock tracing program.
The final bill, HB 2929, would offer tax breaks for Washington companies
that slaughter cattle for processing and wholesaling. Currently, the
companies must pay a business and occupation tax based on their gross
receipts from all business activities within the state.
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