H.R.719 - To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.108th Congress (2003-2004)
Text: H.R.719 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)
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Introduced in House (02/12/2003)
[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 719 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 719 To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 12, 2003 Mr. Boswell (for himself, Mr. Leach, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Nussle, Mr. Pomeroy, Mr. Janklow, and Mr. Bereuter) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON PACKERS OWNING, FEEDING, OR CONTROLLING LIVESTOCK. (a) Prohibition.--Section 202 of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (7 U.S.C. 192), is amended-- (1) by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections (g) and (h), respectively; and (2) by inserting after subsection (e) the following new subsection (f): ``(f) Own or feed livestock directly, through a subsidiary, or through an arrangement that gives the packer operational, managerial, or supervisory control over the livestock, or over the farming operation that produces the livestock, to such an extent that the producer is no longer materially participating in the management of the operation with respect to the production of the livestock, except that this subsection shall not apply to-- ``(1) an arrangement entered into within 7 days (excluding any Saturday or Sunday) before slaughter of the livestock by a packer, a person acting through the packer, or a person that directly or indirectly controls, or is controlled by or under common control with, the packer; ``(2) a cooperative or entity owned by a cooperative, if a majority of the ownership interest in the cooperative is held by active cooperative members that-- ``(A) own, feed, or control livestock; and ``(B) provide the livestock to the cooperative for slaughter; ``(3) a packer that is not required to report to the Secretary on each reporting day (as defined in section 212 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1635a)) information on the price and quantity of livestock purchased by the packer; or ``(4) a packer that owns one livestock processing plant; or''. (b) Effective Date.-- (1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the amendments made by subsection (a) take effect on the date of enactment of this Act. (2) Transition rules.--In the case of a packer that, on the date of enactment of this Act, owns, feeds, or controls livestock intended for slaughter in violation of section 202(f) of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (as added by subsection (a)), such section shall not apply to the packer-- (A) in the case of a packer of swine, until the end of the 18-month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act; and (B) in the case of a packer of any other type of livestock, until such date as the Secretary of Agriculture considers practicable, but not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.