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Bigelow introduces livestock theft legislation

From page A12 | March 20, 2013 |

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, March 11 introduced AB 924, the Livestock Theft Prevention Act of 2013.

Members of the California Cattlemen’s Association support Assembly Bill 924 to increase penalties for livestock theft. As California’s livestock owners have experienced for decades, the financial loss from animal theft can impact a family ranching operation tremendously and can mean the difference in ending up in the red or in the black on any given year.

“As cattle have become more valuable in recent years, we have seen the problem grow significantly,” said CCA President Tim Koopmann, a Bay Area cow-calf producer. “CCA couldn’t be more eager to throw our support behind this important legislation in hopes that the passing of this law will make criminals think twice before stealing from hardworking livestock producers. We owe a great deal of gratitude to Assemblymember Bigelow for his attention to this important matter and are proud to partner with him as the sponsor of the bill.”

AB 924, if passed, would provide penalty enhancements for those convicted of livestock grand theft based on the total value of the livestock stolen. For example, theft of livestock exceeding a value of $15,000 will enable a district attorney to add an additional term to a criminal sentence. The bill will also limit probation for repeat offenders and, in a response to prison overcrowding, provides flexibility for a prosecutor to limit jail time for repeat offenders to 30 days. The bill would also establish a fine to be paid to the Bureau of Livestock Identification (CDFA) to provide additional funding for future investigations involving livestock theft.

The increasing value of livestock has exponentially increased the rates and severity of cattle rustling. Recent cases have involved grand theft equating to nearly $40,000. In most cases, those convicted of livestock grand theft receive little to no punishment. This bill will provide the necessary tools for prosecutors to work with their constituents to properly penalize persons convicted of livestock theft especially those with previous convictions.

“As a lifelong rancher and advocate for rural California, I’m honored to partner with the California Cattlemen’s Association to protect cattlemen and other livestock producers from livestock theft,” Bigelow said. “Since my first day in Sacramento I’ve been committed to making sure we focus on real world solutions to real world problems and this legislation does just that. I look forward to broad bi-partisan support for this solution-oriented bill and I’m confident it will move successfully through the legislative process.”

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, represents the 5th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes all or parts of Placer County, El Dorado County, Alpine County, Amador County, Calaveras County, Tuolumne County, Mariposa County, Madera County and Mono County.



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