Brown signs cattlemen-backed livestock theft bill
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the California Cattlemen’s Association-backed bill to crack down on livestock thefts.
The bill by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, will devote as much as $5,000 from each fine to the state Bureau of Livestock Identification to bolster theft investigations.
Earlier this year, lawmakers removed a provision to allow prosecutors to seek jail time for repeat offenders, as concerns about prison overcrowding threatened to stall the bill.
The bill came as the state reported that 1,110 head of cattle were stolen in California last year.