Governor Signs Several Bills Into Law

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Gov. Doyle signed a bill that directs the Department of Agriculture to establish standards and procedures for local governments to use when considering the siting and expansion of livestock farms. Doyle says the standards will respect both environmental concerns, and local governments. The bill also creates a state board to review local siting decisions.

Also among the bills signed in Eau Claire Tuesday:

- Assembly Bill 812, that lays the groundwork for an identification system that Doyle calls essential for animal health officials to track and contain animal disease outbreaks.

- Assembly Bill 519, which bans baiting and feeding only where Chronic Wasting Disease is known to be present in the deer herd.

- Assembly Bill 650, which allows additional woodland on farms to be assessed at 50% of its value.