Livestock theft bill OK’d by Senate

By From page A3 | September 06, 2013

SACRAMENTO — AB 924 by Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, unanimously passed out of the Senate on Sept. 3.

“AB 924 is an important piece of legislation that would allow CDFA to more effectively enforce the law and help local law enforcement crack down on criminals,” Bigelow said.”

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 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.

Kirk Kimmerlshue

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