Senate Bill No. 183
Introduced By mesaros, knox, grady, hertel, crismore, cole
A Bill for an Act entitled: An Act providing for the regulation of brucellosis vaccination through the department of livestock's present administrative rulemaking authority by suspending the present brucellosis vaccination statutes until october 1, 1999; amending section 81-2-801, MCA; and providing an immediate effective date.
WHEREAS, the Department of Livestock has authority under section 81-2-102(1)(d), MCA, to "adopt rules and orders which it considers necessary or proper to prevent the introduction or spreading of infectious, contagious, communicable, or dangerous diseases affecting livestock in this state and to this end may adopt rules and orders necessary or proper governing inspections and tests of livestock intended for importation into this state before it may be imported into this state"; and
WHEREAS, the Department's rulemaking authority under section 81-2-102(1)(e), MCA, allows it to "adopt rules and orders which it considers necessary or proper for the inspection, testing, and quarantine of all livestock imported into this state"; and
WHEREAS, the statutes regarding brucellosis vaccination of imported livestock do not provide the Department sufficient flexibility to address the many contingencies and situations that may arise concerning control of brucellosis, which can more effectively be addressed through the administrative process pursuant to the Department's current rulemaking authority in section 81-2-102, MCA.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
"81-2-801. Required brucellosis vaccination. (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3), beginning October 1,
1999, no female cattle over the age of 4 months may be imported into the state of Montana for any purpose other than
immediate slaughter unless they have been officially vaccinated, by a licensed veterinarian approved in
veterinarian's state to administer the vaccination, with a Brucella abortus vaccine approved by the veterinary biologics
division, U.S. department of agriculture.
(2) Cattle being transported or moved through Montana with no intent to unload in the state are exempt from this section. In an emergency situation they may be unloaded in compliance with quarantine rules promulgated by the department of livestock pursuant to 81-2-102.
which that have been spayed are exempt from subsection (1)."