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From: TSS ()
Subject: Re: APRIL 1-5 2006 BSE ALABAMA UPDATE
Date: April 6, 2006 at 10:49 am PST

In Reply to: APRIL 1-5 2006 BSE ALABAMA UPDATE posted by TSS on April 5, 2006 at 2:18 pm:

April 5, 2006 - Sparks Asks for Executive Amendment to HB 254
MONTGOMERY – Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks has asked Governor Bob Riley to attach an Executive Amendment to House Bill 254 that would add clarifying language regarding participation in the Confidential Animal Identification program. The Executive Amendment requested by Sparks would make it clear that participation in the program is currently “voluntary” in Alabama and would remain voluntary until federal law or regulation requires mandatory participation.

“I became concerned about clarifying this part of the bill after my office received many calls from concerned farmers who had been confused by the misinformation put out prior to the bill being passed,” said Sparks. “I hope that adding this language will ensure that everyone can easily tell that this bill does not implement a mandatory animal identification program in Alabama and that the program would not be mandatory until it is required by federal regulations. It only means that the information collected in the program will remain confidential to protect the privacy of those who participate. I want to thank Representative Blaine Galliher and Senator Zeb Little for introducing this bill and Governor Riley for working with us to clarify the language in it with an Executive Amendment.”


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