Seven bills making comprehensive updates to the state’s animal agriculture laws passed the Michigan House of Representatives late Wednesday evening and now heads to the Governor’s desk for approval.
The legislation marks the first rewrite of the laws in more than 20 years and has been advocated for by Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) throughout the process, according to MFB Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park.
“We’ve worked for more than two years with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development team members, animal industry stakeholders and our legislative partners to get where we are today,” Park said. “I think our members will be pleased with the updates that go a long way to modernize the laws.
“Many of the suggested changes came directly from farmers including improvements to biosecurity measures, disease outbreak response efforts, and livestock indemnification standards.”
The lead bill, SB 174, passed by a vote of 74-36 after being amended to move up the deadline for eggs sold in Michigan to be cage-free from 2025 to 2024 – a change supported by the Michigan Allied Poultry Industries and the Humane Society of the United States.
“The amendment didn’t change our position because the law still aligns with the national agreement reached across over 200 retailers and marketers to source eggs meeting the United Egg Producers’ cage-free commitment, which we support,” Park added.
All six companion bills passed with strong bipartisan support. Primary sponsors of the legislation include Sens. Kevin Daley (R-Lum), Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville), Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway), Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint).
Provisions outlined directly in, or generally supported by, MFB’s grassroots-approved policy include: