Sponsor pulls bill that would change how Arkansas hog farms get permits

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 29, 2019
By Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A bill that would change how concentrated animal feeding operations are permitted in Arkansas was pulled by its House sponsor Wednesday and moved to interim study.

The House Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committee approved the motion of Rep. Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, with no dissent.

Bentley said that although she was fine with the bill, she wanted to make sure her colleagues understood it. Supporters and opponents of Senate Bill 550 debated for nearly an hour and 45 minutes about what the bill actually does.

The bill seeks to change the agency ultimately responsible for issuing permits to farms that have liquid animal manure systems — typically hog farms — from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. For the full story, CLICK HERE

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