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H.B. 183 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Melvin R. Brown

Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts a provision relating to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food's
             11      participation in a national animal identification system.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    authorizes the department to participate in a national animal identification system;
             16          .    prohibits the department or a political subdivision from requiring a person to
             17      participate in a national animal identification system;
             18          .    authorizes the department to adopt rules;
             19          .    authorizes a person to withdraw from a national animal identification system; and
             20          .    provides a severability clause.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      ENACTS:
             27          4-31-22, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             30          Section 1. Section 4-31-22 is enacted to read:
             31          4-31-22. National animal identification system.
             32          (1) As used in this section, "national animal identification system" means a voluntary
             33      system organized by the United States Department of Agriculture to collect information
             34      regarding premises registration, animal identification, and animal movement.
             35          (2) The department may participate in a national animal identification system.
             36          (3) The department may not:
             37          (a) require a person to participate in the national animal identification system that
             38      requires livestock premise registration, identification, or tracking;
             39          (b) withhold indemnity based solely on nonparticipation in the national animal
             40      identification system; or
             41          (c) deny, revoke, or limit a service, license, permit, grant, or other benefit to a person
             42      who does not participate in the national animal identification system.
             43          (4) This section does not prohibit the department from:
             44          (a) establishing or participating in a disease control program specifically designed to
             45      address a known disease in a specific species of livestock; and
             46          (b) operating livestock identification, brand registration, or inspection programs as
             47      authorized by this title.
             48          (5) A political subdivision may not require participation in the national animal
             49      identification system that regulates livestock or poultry, including premise registration, animal
             50      identification, or the tracking or surveillance of livestock or poultry.
             51          (6) (a) A person who participates in a national animal identification system may
             52      withdraw from participation at any time.
             53          (b) When a person withdraws from the national animal identification system, except as
             54      provided by Subsection (6)(c), the department shall:
             55          (i) delete all information submitted by the person; and
             56          (ii) notify any entity with whom the department has shared the information of the
             57      withdrawal and request the entity delete the information.

             58          (c) The department is not required to delete information if a person is part of an
             59      ongoing disease investigation, monitoring, or control program for which the department has
             60      responsibility.
             61          (7) By following the procedures and requirements of Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             62      Administrative Rulemaking Act, the department may adopt a rule:
             63          (a) establishing a procedure by which a person may withdraw from the national animal
             64      identification system; and
             65          (b) if the national animal identification is required by federal law, that is:
             66          (i) necessary to implement federal law; and
             67          (ii) no more stringent than federal law.
             68          (8) (a) If any provision of this section, or the application of any provision to any
             69      person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of this section shall be given effect
             70      without the invalid provision or application.
             71          (b) The provisions of this provision are severable.

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