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HB20-1343

Egg-laying Hen Confinement Standards

Concerning confinement standards for egg-laying hens whose eggs are sold.
Session:
2020 Regular Session
Subjects:
Agriculture
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The bill requires a farm owner or operator to house chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or guinea fowl hens (hens) in accordance with the standards established in the bill. And the bill prohibits, on and after January 1, 2022 2023 , a business owner or operator from selling shell eggs or egg products that are produced by egg-laying hens that were confined in a manner that conflicts with these standards. In connection with this prohibition, the bill:

  • Requires, by January 1, 2022 2023 , hens to be confined in an enclosure with at least one square foot of usable floor space per hen;
  • Requires, by January 1, 2024 2025 , hens to be confined in a cage-free housing system with at least:
  • One square foot of usable floor space per hen if the hens have unfettered access to vertical space; or
  • One and one-half square feet of usable floor space per hen if the hens do not have unfettered access to vertical space;
  • Deems a sale to have occurred at the location where the buyer takes physical possession of the shell egg or egg product;
  • Allows a business to rely upon written certification that the shell egg or egg product did not come from hens that were confined in a manner that conflicts with the bill;
  • Authorizes the commissioner of agriculture to impose a civil penalty up to $1,000 per violation;
  • Makes the commissioner responsible for promulgating rules to implement and enforce the bill; and
  • Authorizes the commissioner to use a government or private inspection process.

The bill requires shell eggs and egg products to be annually certified as in compliance. Certification requires an inspection.

The following are exempt from the bill's requirements:

  • Medical research;
  • Veterinary purposes;
  • Transportation;
  • A state or county fair exhibition, a 4-H program, and similar exhibitions;
  • Slaughter;
  • Temporary periods for animal husbandry;
  • A farm with 3,000 or fewer egg-laying hens; or
  • A nonfarm business owner or operator with each location selling fewer than 25 cases of shell eggs per week if all locations owned or operated by the business sell fewer than 100 cases of shell eggs per week.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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