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          Date of Hearing:   May 15, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                   AB 1319 (Eggman) - As Amended:  March 18, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              AgricultureVote:7  
          - 0 

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          This bill revises and recasts indemnity payments for brucellosis  
          reactive and non-reactive cattle, eliminating the state's  
          payment for slaughtered animals.  Specifically, this bill:  

          1)Provides that if an animal is slaughtered pursuant to this  
            article, and indemnity funds are available, the owner can  
            receive part or all of the following:

             a)   Proceeds from the sale of the salvaged animals. 

             b)   Proceeds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  
               that are authorized to be paid from any appropriation made  
               to assist in the eradication of brucellosis in cattle in  
               this state.

          2)Requires the value of slaughtered non-reacting animals to be  
            determined by appraisal by a California Department of Food and  
            Agriculture (CDFA) representative, or a representative of the  
            Agricultural Research Service of USDA and by the owner of the  
            animal.  If there is disagreement on the valuation, it shall  
            be appraised by the CDFA, and that value is final.

          3)Authorizes the owner of a non-reactive animal slaughtered  
            pursuant to this article, if indemnity funds are available, to  
            the following:

             a)   Proceeds from the sale of the salvaged animals.

             b)   Proceeds from USDA authorized to be paid to the owner  
               from any appropriation made to assist in the eradication of  








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               brucellosis in California.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          There are no significant costs associated with this legislation.  


           COMMENTS  

           1)Purpose  . This bill is primarily technical. This bill rewords  
            the provisions for use of brucellosis indemnity funds and  
            changes payment provisions, eliminating the state's share of  
            payment and the maximum amounts to producers for slaughtered  
            reactive animals, instead basing it upon availability of  
            appropriated funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture  
            (USDA) to assist in the eradication of brucellosis.  

           2)Bovine Brucellosis  . Brucellosis is a non-curable contagious  
            disease of ruminant animals (mainly cattle, bison and swine)  
            that can cause the infected animals to have decreased milk  
            production, weight loss, infertility, and lameness, making it  
            one of the most serious livestock diseases.  This disease,  
            which can spread rapidly and is transmissible to humans, makes  
            it a serious and costly concern to the state.  Due to these  
            factors, treatment of the disease is by eradication of  
            infected and exposed animals.

            There are no effective means to detect infected animals by  
            their appearance; blood testing is necessary.  The disease is  
            spread by contact with an infected animal or by an infected  
            animal contaminating their environment through discharge of  
            fecal matter or mucus.  Brucellosis incubation period is  
            variable, from two weeks, to seven or eight months, or even  
            longer.  The purpose of the control areas is to regulate the  
            movement of animals to prevent exposure or contact during the  
            long incubation period. 

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Julie Salley-Gray / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081