OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5258

AN ACT PERMITTING THE POSSESSION OF REINDEER YEAR ROUND.

SUMMARY:

This bill allows anyone to possess reindeer in Connecticut on any day of the year under specified conditions. Current law allows anyone to import reindeer into the state between Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day if they are (1) individually identified, (2) certified to be in good health, and (3) exported from the state by January 8.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2012

REINDEER POSSESSION

Similar to current law, the bill requires each reindeer to:

1. be individually identified by a permanent metal ear tag, legible tattoo, or microchip;

2. have a certified veterinary report documenting a health inspection that took place between one and 30 days before entering or after being born in the state;

3. have documentation that verifies it (a) comes from a tuberculosis- and brucellosis-free herd or (b) tested negative for these diseases between one and 30 days before entering or after being born in the state; and

4. have documentation that its originating herd was part of a state chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring program for at least the previous (a) three years if imported from a state or province not known to have CWD or (b) five years if imported from a state or province known to have CWD outbreaks.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

28

Nay

0

(03/21/2012)