Severin’s Legislation for Livestock Commissioners to Meet Annually and Cut Costs Passes House

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) says that House Bill 4999 that he is chief co-sponsoring, has passed the Illinois House and now heads to the Senate for consideration. If the bill becomes law, the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture shall call annual meetings of the Advisory Board of Livestock Commissioners instead of twice a year currently.

Severin, a member of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee, says as part of our continuing efforts to cut waste and promote efficiency in government, this bill would cut the mandatory meetings in half and cut the bureaucratic costs in half.

Severin added that the legislation also enables the Livestock Commissioners to meet as necessary in case of an emergency like an outbreak of an animal disease in a particular breed.

This proposal would permit the Director of the Department of Agriculture to call other meetings of the Advisory Board of Livestock Commissioners as deemed necessary instead of needing three commission members to agree to request additional meetings. This legislation would take effect upon the governor’s signature.