Legislation that would increase the penalties on livestock theft passed through the State Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday in a unanimous vote, clearing the way for consideration on the Senate floor.
Should Assembly Bill 924 — proposed by member Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals) in March — be approved by the Senate at large, it would go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown before becoming law.
Bigelow has been a long proponent of increased cattle theft penalties, and said Tuesday’s vote marked “another step forward” in protecting ranchers and their property.
“AB 924 is a reasonable and common sense solution to the ever-growing problem of livestock theft in California,” Bigelow said...