WSR 07-10-085

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed May 1, 2007, 2:10 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-07-039.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 16-54-190 Animal health documentation requirements for intrastate movement of livestock.

Hearing Location(s): WSU - Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center, 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-4768, on June 12, 2007, at 5:00 p.m.; and at the Moses Lake Fire Department, 701 East Third Avenue, Moses Lake, WA 98837, on June 14, 2007, at 5:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 28, 2007.

Submit Written Comments to: Dannie McQueen, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-2560, e-mail WSDARulesComments@agr.wa.gov, fax (360) 902-1809, by 5:00 p.m., June 15, 2007.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact WSDA receptionist by June 4, 2007, TTY (360) 902-1996 or (360) 902-1976.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: For movement of livestock within the state of Washington, there are no animal health documentation requirements if there is no change of ownership. At the request of stakeholders, the Washington state department of agriculture (WSDA) is proposing rules that state this position.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: These amendments will clarify the requirements for movement of livestock within the state of Washington when there is a change of ownership.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 16.36 and 34.05 RCW.

Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 16.36 RCW.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington state department of agriculture, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Leonard Eldridge, DVM, Olympia, (360) 902-1881.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. There is no economic impact associated with these rules.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Washington state department of agriculture is not a named agency in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).

May 1, 2007

Leonard E. Eldridge, DVM

State Veterinarian

OTS-9737.1


NEW SECTION
WAC 16-54-190   Animal health documentation requirements for intrastate movement of livestock.   (1) Livestock moving within the state of Washington and without change of ownership may be transported without animal health documentation unless required by the management of specific events, such as livestock shows or fairs.

(2) Livestock transported to or from a place of sale or otherwise during change of ownership must be transported with animal health documentation or other evidence that the livestock meet applicable animal health requirements.

(3) During emergency disease outbreaks, the director may require that livestock moving within Washington are transported with animal health documentation or other evidence that the livestock meet animal health requirements.

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