Representative Scott H. Chew proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Scott H. Chew

Senate Sponsor: Don L. Ipson


8     General Description:
9          This bill prohibits the harassment of livestock.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     prohibits a person from intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly chasing, actively
13     disturbing, or harming livestock through the use of:
14               •     a motorized vehicle or all-terrain vehicle;
15               •     a dog; or
16               •     an unmanned aircraft system; and
17          ▸     describes the penalties for violating the prohibition on harassment of livestock.
18     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     ENACTS:
24          76-9-308, Utah Code Annotated 1953

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 76-9-308 is enacted to read:
28          76-9-308. Harassment of livestock.
29          (1) As used in this section:
30          (a) "Livestock" has the same meaning as that term is defined in Subsection
31     76-9-301(1).
32          (b) "Unmanned aircraft system" has the same meaning as that term is defined in
33     Subsection 63G-18-102(5)(a).
34          (2) Except as provided in Subsection (3), a person is guilty of harassment of livestock
35     if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly chases, actively disturbs, or harms
36     livestock through the use of:
37          (a) a motorized vehicle or all-terrain vehicle;
38          (b) a dog; or
39          (c) an unmanned aircraft system.
40          (3) A person is not guilty of harassment of livestock if:
41          (a) the person is:
42          (i) the owner of the livestock;
43          (ii) an employee or agent of the owner, or otherwise acting under the owner's general
44     direction or with the owner's permission;
45          (iii) acting in an emergency situation to prevent damage to the livestock or property; or
46          (iv) an employee or agent of the state or a political subdivision and acting in the
47     employee or agent's official capacity; and
48          (b) the action is in line with generally accepted animal husbandry practices.
49          (4) A person who violates this section is guilty of:
50          (a) a class B misdemeanor if the violation is a first offense and:
51          (i) no livestock is seriously injured or killed as a result of the person's actions; or
52          (ii) the person's actions cause the livestock to be displaced onto property where the
53     livestock is not legally entitled to be; and
54          (b) a class A misdemeanor if:
55          (i) the person has previously been convicted of harassment of livestock under this
56     section;

57          (ii) livestock is seriously injured or killed as a result of the person's actions; or
58          (iii) livestock or property suffered damage in excess of $1,000, including money spent
59     in recovering the livestock, as a result of the person's actions.