Bill Summaries: H610 (2011-2012 Session)

  • Summary date: Apr 5 2011 - View summary

    Phases out permits and 'deemed permitted' status for swine waste management systems that are currently operated under the moratorium for swine farms enacted in 2007. Requires closure of swine operations with lagoon and sprayfield waste systems by the later of September 1, 2016, or twelve years from the date the operation was first permitted or deemed permitted. Creates a new Article 49I in GS 106 that requires the Board of Agriculture, in consultation with the state veterinarian, to set minimum humane standards for cows, poultry and swine, including restrictions on tethering and confinement, kill methods, and transfer of sick cows. Makes violations of the minimum humane standards a Class 2 misdemeanor. Provisions on minimum standards for livestock effective January 1, 2012; otherwise effective when the act becomes law.