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SF 2595

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/01/2022 08:37am

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; prohibiting registration of new white-tailed deer
farms; prohibiting movement of farmed white-tailed deer except for purposes of
slaughter; prohibiting importation of white-tailed deer from Cervidae farms;
appropriating money for voluntary herd buyout program for participating
white-tailed deer farmers; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 35.155,
subdivisions 10, 12; Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 35.155,
subdivision 11.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 35.155, subdivision 10, is amended to read:


Subd. 10.

Mandatory registration.

(a) A 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.

(b) A person whose registration is revoked by the board is ineligible for future registration
under this section unless the board determines that the person has undertaken measures that
make future escapes extremely unlikely.

new text begin (c) The board must not allow new registrations under this section for possessing
white-tailed deer.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 35.155, subdivision 11, is amended
to read:


Subd. 11.

Mandatory surveillance for chronic wasting disease; depopulation.

(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 A person must not move farmed white-tailed deer from any premises
to another location unless the movement is directly to a location for slaughter.
new text end

(c) All animals from farmed Cervidae herds that are over 12 months of age that die or
are slaughtered must be tested for chronic wasting disease.

(d) The owner of a premises where chronic wasting disease is detected must:

(1) depopulate the premises of Cervidae after the federal indemnification process has
been completed or, if an indemnification application is not submitted, within a reasonable
time determined by the board in consultation with the commissioner of natural resources;

(2) maintain the fencing required under subdivision 4 on the premises for five years after
the date of detection; and

(3) post the fencing on the premises with biohazard signs as directed by the board.

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 35.155, subdivision 12, is amended to read:


Subd. 12.

Importation.

new text beginA person must not import white-tailed deer into the state from
a farmed Cervidae herd.
new text endA person must not import new text beginother new text endCervidae into the state from a herd
that is infected or exposed to chronic wasting disease or from a known chronic wasting
disease endemic area, as determined by the board. A person may import Cervidae new text beginother
than white-tailed deer
new text endinto the state only from a herd that is not in a known chronic wasting
disease endemic area, as determined by the board, and the herd has been subject to a state
or provincial approved chronic wasting disease monitoring program for at least three years.
Cervidae imported in violation of this section may be seized and destroyed by the
commissioner of natural resources.

Sec. 4. new text beginVOLUNTARY WHITE-TAILED DEER HERD BUYOUT;
APPROPRIATION.
new text end

new text begin (a) $....... in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the Board of Animal
Health to offer a herd buyout payment to the owner of each white-tailed deer herd registered
under Minnesota Statutes, section 35.155. The board must pay $....... per animal, including
fawns, with each animal disposed of as determined by the board. By October 1 of each fiscal
year, 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 premises for at least
60 months 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. The base for this appropriation is $....... in fiscal years 2023 and 2024
only.
new text end

new text begin (b) By October 1, 2023, the Board of Animal Health shall submit a report on the buyout
program operated under this section to the chairs and ranking minority members of the
house of representatives and senate committees and divisions having jurisdiction over
environment and natural resources.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

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