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Livestock traceability bill progresses





By STEVE BROWN



Capital Press



OLYMPIA -- Rep. Bruce Chandler says his bill on livestock information traceability has a "good chance" of going to the governor.



HB2456 received a do-pass recommendation Feb. 22 from the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water and Rural Economic Development. It now goes to the Senate Rules Committee.



"The point is to allow the state vet to identify any source of disease outbreak or animal health issue and contain it as quickly as possible," he said. The Washington State Department of Agriculture did a good job of responding to the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in 2003, "but this is to improve on the response. Time is precious."



Feb. 24, is the last day for bills to clear policy committees. Feb. 27, is the last day for bills to clear fiscal committees. March 8, is the last day of the regular legislative session.



In recent action:



* HB2238, which pairs environmental mitigation projects with programs that enhance riparian resources, sent to the Senate Committee on Transportation on Feb. 21.



* HB2329, which replaces encumbered state forest lands for the benefit of multiple participating counties, sent to Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 20.



* HB2349, which allows for beavers considered a nuisance to be live-trapped and relocated, in public hearing in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Marine Waters on Feb. 22.



* HB2362, which addresses starting dates on wine producer liens, sent to Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 22.



* HB2367, which changes composition and districts of the Dairy Products Commission, sent to Senate Rules Committee on Feb. 22.



* SB5343, which modifies Clean Air Act concerning anaerobic digesters, in public hearing in the House Committee on General Government Appropriations and Oversight.



* SB5575, which exempts certain anaerobic digesters from the state Clean Air Act, sent to House Rules Committee on Feb. 21.



* SB5981, which increases the fee for a seed dealer's license, in public hearing in the House Committee on General Government Appropriations and Oversight on Feb. 22.



* SB6082, which adds farming-related questions to state environmental checklists, sent to House Rules Committee on Feb. 21.



* SB6392, which extends the state farm internship program through 2017 and expands it to 13 counties, in public hearing in the House Committee on Health and Human Services Appropriations and Oversight on Feb. 22.



* SB6423, which specifies that commercial driver's license is not required when transporting ag products between farms, sent to House Rules Committee on Feb. 21.



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