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HF 305

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/18/2019 10:10pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 01/24/2019

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; providing a moratorium on possessing white-tailed deer;
creating a buyout program; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, section 35.155, subdivisions 10, 11.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 35.155, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Mandatory registration.

new text begin(a) new text endA person may not possess live Cervidae in
Minnesota unless the person is registered with the Board of Animal Health and meets all
the requirements for farmed Cervidae under this section. Cervidae possessed in violation
of this subdivision may be seized and destroyed by the commissioner of natural resources.

new text begin (b) Beginning on the effective date of this act, the board shall not allow new registrations
under this section for possessing white-tailed deer.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 35.155, subdivision 11, is amended to read:


Subd. 11.

Mandatory surveillance for chronic wasting disease.

(a) An inventory for
each farmed Cervidae herd must be verified by an accredited veterinarian and filed with
the Board of Animal Health every 12 months.

(b) Movement of farmed Cervidae from any premises to another location must be reported
to the Board of Animal Health within 14 days of the movement on forms approved by the
Board of Animal Health.new text begin Beginning on the effective date of this act, a person must not move
farmed white-tailed deer from any premises to another location.
new text end

(c) All animals from farmed Cervidae herds that are over 16 months of age that die or
are slaughtered must be tested for chronic wasting disease.

Sec. 3. new text beginVOLUNTARY WHITE-TAILED DEER HERD BUYOUT;
APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin $....... in fiscal year 2019 is appropriated from the general fund to the Board of Animal
Health to offer a herd buyout payment to the owner of each herd of white-tailed deer
registered under Minnesota Statutes, section 35.155. The board must pay no more than
$....... per animal, with each animal disposed of as determined by the board. By October 1,
2019, an owner must accept or decline the buyout offered by the board under this section.
A participating owner must sign a contract with the board certifying that the owner will not
have or allow any wild or farmed white-tailed deer to be located on the owner's premises
and must record a corresponding deed restriction with the county recorder or registrar of
titles. A participating owner who violates the buyout contract must repay all money received
under this section and is subject to appropriate penalties under Minnesota Statutes, chapter
35.
new text end

Sec. 4. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin This act is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end