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Published March 24, 2010, 07:39 AM

Idaho Senate passes measure to revamp swine, poultry ops

BOISE, Idaho — The Senate approved revamping laws governing big swine and poultry farms, a bill prompted by concern more chicken and egg producers will relocate to Idaho as states like California pass tougher animal-cruelty restrictions.

BOISE, Idaho — The Senate approved revamping laws governing big swine and poultry farms, a bill prompted by concern more chicken and egg producers will relocate to Idaho as states like California pass tougher animal-cruelty restrictions.

Tuesday’s vote was 24-11. The measure moves to the House.

Sen. Tim Corder, a Republican from Mountain Home, told senators if the bill doesn’t become law, “We would have 10 million chickens in Idaho — with no regulations.”

The Department of Environmental Quality now oversees large swine and poultry farms.

Corder’s bill puts such operations under the state Department of Agriculture.

Some environmental groups backed the bill.

But Sen. Steve Bair, a Republican from Blackfoot, suggested it was too strict and voted against it — as did Democrats Kate Kelly and Elliot Werk, who objected to manure management plans that remain confidential under Corder’s measure.

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