CLA Legislative Affairs Committee Takes Position on Imported Meat Bill

February 8, 2020 – The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee met this Friday with CLA lobbyist Steve Holdren and staff to review the pending introduced legislation of interest to livestock producers. The committee is opposed to House Bill 20-1117 related to meat derived from animals that were not born, raised, and harvested exclusively in the United States. The Committee is monitoring House Bill 20-1143 Environmental Justice and Projects Increase Environmental Fines. More information on each bill can be found below and on the Colorado General Assembly website http://leg.colorado.gov/.

The members of the Legislative Affairs Committee are: Dave Amundson, John Caldwell, Britt Dinis, Mark Frasier, Tom Haren, Mary Kraft, Julie McCaleb, Andrew Mertens, Justin Miller, Jennifer Nelson, Skip Schneider, Jon Slutsky, Mike Veeman and Ed Wilgenburg.

CLA members are welcome to participate in the Friday morning legislative briefings during the session. Please contact the office for more information (970) 378-0500.

Bills CLA Opposes

HB 20-1117 CONCERNING THE DEFINITIONS APPLICABLE TO THE MISBRANDING OF FOOD, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, PROHIBITING FAILING TO LABEL FOOD FROM ANIMALS NOT BORN, RAISED, AND HARVESTED EXCLUSIVELY IN THE UNITED STATES AS IMPORTED. (Preamended, This Unofficial Version Includes Committee Amendments Not Yet Adopted on Second Reading)

Bills CLA is Monitoring

HB 20-1143 CONCERNING ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTIONS REGARDING ALLEGED ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, RAISING THE MAXIMUM FINES FOR AIR QUALITY AND WATER QUALITY VIOLATIONS AND ALLOCATING THE FINES TO ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION PROJECTS.

Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) was formed in 1998 through a restructuring of the then 43-year-old Colorado Cattle Feeders Association (CCFA). CLA members are cattle and sheep feeders, cow/calf producers, dairy farmers, swine operations, and industry partners. CLA works on behalf of its members in the regulatory and legislative arenas in Colorado. For more information about CLA visit www.coloradolivestock.org

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.