CLA Legislative Committee Discusses Lab-grown Meat Misbranding & Tax Exemptions

The Colorado Livestock Association Legislative Affairs Committee met this past Friday via conference call. The Committee was joined by Representative Rod Pelton (R) who discussed two of the bills that he is sponsoring this session.

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HB 19-1102 Nonanimal and Lab-grown Meat Misbranding

The bill states that food is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat unless these terms are not modified by “lab-grown” or “artificially cultured”.

Bill Sponsors: Representative Rod Pelton, Representative Kimmi Lewis, Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Senator Joann Ginal

The CLA Legislative Affairs Committee voted to support HB 19-1102 Nonanimal and Lab-grown Meat Misbranding at its first meeting of the session on January 18, 2019.

HB 19-1162 – Expand Farm Equipment Sales and Use Tax Exemption

Concerning the extension of the state sales and use tax exemption for farm equipment to equipment and systems used by a farm operation to identify or track food animals.

Bill Sponsors: Representative Rod Pelton

Representative Pelton is a member of the House Appropriations, Rural Affairs and Agriculture, and Public Health Care and Human Services Committees. Rep. Pelton represents District 65 is comprised of Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, and Yuma counties.

Thank you to the following CLA members for their participation in the conference call; Julie McCaleb (chair), Dave Amundson, Britt Dinis, Mary Kraft, Justin Miller, John Mrozinski, Jon Slutsky, and Skip Schneider.

The Legislative Affairs Committee will meet every other Friday morning at 7:00 am throughout the session. CLA members who are interested in participating should call Kellee Mitchell at (970) 378-0500 for the meeting call-in information. The next meeting will be held February 15, 2019.