Prohibiting Certain Confinement of Egg-laying Hens and the Sale of Their Eggs
|Sponsor:||Representative Margaret O'Neil, House 15|
|Bill #:||LD 2084|
UPDATE: This bill received a strong Ought Not to Pass report from the committee.
This bill provides that, after December 31, 2024:
1. Farm owners and operators in the State must keep their egg-laying hens in cage-free housing systems; and
2. Business owners and operators may not sell in the State eggs from hens that are not kept in cage-free housing systems.
Under the bill, a person who violates these requirements commits a civil violation for which a fine may be adjudged. In addition, the bill authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to bring a civil action to prevent, restrain or enjoin a violation of the requirements.