Legislation making comprehensive updates to Michigan’s animal agriculture laws have been approved by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. Now Public Acts 132-138, the signed bills mark the first rewrite of the state’s livestock laws in more than 20 years.
Supported by Michigan Farm Bureau, the updates include improvements to biosecurity measures, disease outbreak response efforts and livestock indemnification standards. The amendments also align state law with a generalized national agreement among retailers to source eggs meeting United Egg Producers cage-free egg standards.
Primary sponsors of the legislation included Sens. Kevin Daley (R-Lum), Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville), Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway), Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) and Jim Ananich (D-Flint).
“My bill, which has been signed into law and is now Public Act 132 of 2019, initiated a much-needed update to the Animal Industries Act. The updates largely reflect agreements between industry stakeholders and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,” said Senator Daley. “The new law lines up state and federal requirements and outlines a clear and consistent process for animal movement and identification to help better prevent the spread of disease. The sooner we can identify and mitigate an animal health issue, the better we can protect our families, businesses, and communities from the spread of diseases and food contamination.”
Provisions outlined directly in, or generally supported by, MFB’s grassroots-approved policy include: