SENATE BILL 5956
State of Washington 61st Legislature 2009 Regular Session
By Senators Schoesler, Shin, Stevens, Zarelli, Marr, and Benton
Read first time 02/10/09. Referred to Committee on Agriculture & Rural Economic Development.
1 AN ACT Relating to voluntary participation in a state or national 2 animal identification system; and adding a new section to chapter 16.57 3 RCW.
4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
5 NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 16.57 RCW 6 to read as follows: 7 (1) Voluntary participation in any state or national animal 8 identification system must be obtained with informed written consent. 9 (2) No officer, agency, or instrumentality of the state, in
10 conjunction with the implementation of any state or national animal 11 identification system, may: 12 (a) Mandate, coerce, use exclusionary tactics, support, or 13 otherwise force participation in a state or national animal 14 identification system; 15 (b) Register real property, assign real property identification 16 numbers, or otherwise enroll any person in a state or national animal 17 identification system without the person’s prior knowledge and written 18 consent;
1 (c) Withhold, from any person, indemnity based on the person’s 2 status of participation in a state or national animal identification 3 system; or 4 (d) Deny, revoke, or limit services, certificates, licenses, 5 permits, grants, or other benefits or incentives to any person based on 6 the person’s status of participation in a state or national animal 7 identification system. 8 (3) Nothing in this section prohibits: 9 (a) The state from establishing or participating in disease control
10 programs specifically designed to address a specific disease in a 11 specific species of livestock; 12 (b) Private agricultural industry organizations from establishing 13 any source verification program; or 14 (c) Any person from voluntarily participating in a state or 15 national animal identification system. 16 (4) For the purposes of this section, “voluntary” means acting or 17 done without compulsion or obligation.