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Introduced Version Senate Bill 235 History

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Senate Bill No. 235

(By Senators Edgell, Bailey, Dempsey, Love, Facemyer and Guills)

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[Introduced February 18, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Agriculture.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §19-9-7a, relating to the National Animal Identification System; providing rule- making authority; and exempting premises and animal identification data from disclosure.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §19-9-7a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9. DISEASES AMONG DOMESTIC ANIMALS.
§19-9-7a. National Animal Identification System; rulemaking; exemption.
West Virginia shall be a participating state in the United States Department of Agriculture's National Animal Identification System. The Commissioner may propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code governing the collection of farm premises and animal identification data.
The premises and animal identification data collected by the Commissioner in accordance with the requirements of the National Animal Identification System are specifically exempt from disclosure under the provisions of article one, chapter twenty-nine-b of this code.
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(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow the Commissioner authority to propose rules to govern the collection of data pursuant to the National Animal Identification System established by the United States Department of Agriculture and to exempt premises and animal identification data from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

Section 7a is new; therefore, underscoring and strike-throughs have been omitted.)
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