Prohibiting Certain Confinement of Egg-laying Hens and the Sale of Their Eggs

Last updated: Mar 10, 2020

Details about this bill
Category: Miscellaneous
Status: In Committee
Sponsor: Representative Margaret O'Neil, House 15
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 2084

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill received a strong Ought Not to Pass report from the committee.

Summary:

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.