October 16, 2013

Brown Signs Livestock Theft Bill
GovernorJerry Brown has signed the California Cattlemen’s Association-backed bill to crack down on livestock thefts.

The bill by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) will devote as much as $5,000 from each fine to the state Bureau of Livestock Identification to bolster theft investigations.

Earlier this year, lawmakers removed a provision to allow prosecutors to seek jail time for repeat offenders because concerns about prison overcrowding threatened to stall the bill. The bill came as the state reported that 1,110 head of cattle were stolen in California last year.

(Source: Western United Dairymen’sCalifornia Dairy Industry Headline News, Capital Press)

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