Livestock theft bill clears Senate hurdle

By From page A6 | July 10, 2013

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, presented his bill in front of the Senate Committee on Public Safety July 2, where it passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.

“Today, we took another step forward in ensuring that criminals are properly punished when they are convicted of livestock theft,” Bigelow said. “AB 924 is a reasonable and common sense solution to the ever growing problem of livestock theft in California.”

AB 924 would establish a fine of up to $5,000 for anyone convicted of livestock theft and allow local officials to accurately track statistics on how many people have been convicted of stealing livestock. Proceeds collected from the fine would go to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Bureau of Livestock Identification (BLID) to help bring closure to current open cases and to help combat future livestock theft.

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow represents the 5th Assembly District, which encompasses Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer, and Tuolumne counties and includes Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

Kirk Kimmerlshue

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