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NO. 35. AN ACT RELATING TO THE INSPECTION OF BISON, FALLOW DEER AND RATITE.

(H.202)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 6 V.S.A. 3305 is amended to read:

3305. ADDITIONAL POWERS OF THE COMMISSIONER

In order to accomplish the objectives stated in section 3303 of this title, the commissioner may:

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(15) establish by rule the method for providing voluntary inspection, and withdrawal of inspection, of "exotic animals," "wild game," *["bison,"]* "red deer," *["fallow deer"]* and "domestic rabbits." These rules may also provide for the inspection of meat and meat food products derived from those animals. The commissioner shall provide voluntary inspection of "bison," "fallow deer," and "ratite" produced in Vermont, including the inspection of meat and meat food products derived from bison, fallow deer, and ratite, for which the commissioner may charge a fee of $5.00 per hour. The commissioner shall charge $20.00 per hour per inspection of meat and meat food products processed in Vermont but derived from bison, fallow deer, and ratite raised out of Vermont;

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Sec. 2. APPROPRIATION

The sum of $14,000.00 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of agriculture, food and markets to administer during fiscal year 1998 the voluntary inspections of bison, fallow deer, and ratite pursuant to section 3305(15) of Title 6.

Sec. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE; SUNSET

This act shall take effect on passage. Sec. 1 of this act shall be repealed

on June 30, 1999.

Approved: May 22, 1997