(HB 1007)

Livestock brand composition provisions revised.

         ENTITLED, An Act to  revise certain provisions related to the composition of livestock brands and to declare an emergency.


     Section  1.  That § 40-19-7 be amended to read as follows:

     40-19-7.   The board shall reject any brands formed from any letter, number, or symbol which is a duplicate of, or in conflict with, any brand previously registered for that location on an animal. Any brand approved for registration shall be composed from the combination of no less than two or and no more than three letters, numbers, or symbols, except for sheep. Only the following shall may be accepted for registration:

             (1)      Letters A to P and R to Z, in the plain gothic style of print;

             (2)      Arabic numerals from two to nine, inclusive;

             (3)      Symbols, including diamond, half diamond, arrow, mill iron, heart, box, half box, quarter circle, bar, cross, triangle, or slash ;

             (4)    Character brands that were cancelled by the board for nonrenewal after January 1, 2005, but only if registered by the person who owned the brand at the time it was cancelled, or if the person is deceased, by the spouse or by the lineal descendants of the person .

     All brands that are Any brand that is similar to any previously registered brand or that the board determines may in the board's determination could be changed to resemble a previously registered brand may be rejected. Location of a brand on an animal shall be is construed as part of the brand. A variation in the size of a letter, number, or figure does not constitute a new brand and shall be rejected.

     Section  2.  Whereas, this Act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist, and this Act shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and approval.

     Signed February 22, 2006