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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

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For Immediate Release: February 11, 2009

Sen. Mike Schulz
Senator Mike Schulz

Schulz Introduces Livestock Protection Legislation
City zoning still permitted

Senate Bill 452 by Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus, passed out of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday, calling for adequate protection of livestock throughout Oklahoma.

The provisions in Senate Bill 452 limit the power of political subdivisions in Oklahoma when dealing with the care and handling of livestock. Local legislation in violation of this bill is void and unenforceable. However, Schulz says the intent of the legislation is not to preempt a city’s ability to zone.

“Senate Bill 452 is a proactive measure that prevents out-of-state groups from dictating how our producers care and handle their livestock,” said Schulz. “We want our producers to be free to make decisions regarding their livestock based on the operations they run. The intent of this legislation is not to put restrictions on city zoning ordinances, but to simply prevent any regulation from being put on producers’ freedoms to manage their livestock.”

Senate Bill 452 will now go before the full Senate for consideration.

For more information contact:
Sen. Schulz's Office: 405-521-5612

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