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Cattle theft bill passes Assembly

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Proposed legislation that would increase the penalties on livestock theft unanimously passed the State Assembly on Thursday, clearing way for consideration in the Senate.

Proposed by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals) in March, Assembly Bill 924 would amend current grand theft law to establish a fine of up to $5,000 for anyone convicted of rustling livestock.

Proceeds collected from the fine — an increase from what California Cattleman's Association (CCA) representatives said is a typical misdemeanor sentence of less than $1,000 — would go to the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Bureau of Livestock Identification (BLID).

The money would be used by the bureau to investigate open cases of rustling...


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