Letters from State & U.S. Representatives
This is the positive response we got from State Representative Jodi Laubenberg district 89 of Texas. Apparently, we have an ally in our state government. Please get the word out to your friends to support and recognize the work she is doing to help the small farmer by contacting her at mailtJodie.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please pass this note on.
Letter from State Representative Jodi Laubenberg
Thank you for contacting my office and giving us the opportunity to address your concerns regarding House Bill 1361 and NAIS. While I recognize that there is legitimate need to protect the safety and integrity of our food supply and to limit the spread of disease among livestock, I share your concerns regarding the proposed regulations.
My staff is working closely with the office of Rep. Bryan Hughes. If the TAHC moves forward with the proposed regulations, Rep. Hughes is prepared to offer legislation (when the legislature convenes) amending the statute to provide exemptions for small producers. I will give this legislation my full support.
Again, than you for taking the time to share your concerns with me. I always appreciate hearing from constituents. Please do not hesitate to cont me with additional comments.
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 8:47 AM
Subject: Thank You For Contacting My Office
Dear Mr. Manassri:
Thank you for contacting me about federal animal identification. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this important matter.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed the creation of an animal identification system that would register individual livestock and the premises where they are located as a means to track animal movement and ensure herd health. Tracing the movements of diseased animals and other animals with which they may come into contact would allow authorities to detect and contain disease outbreaks before they have a chance to spread. The USDA envisions a program that will allow the trace-back of animals from birth to slaughter within forty-eight hours.
I support the creation of a comprehensive animal identification program as a scientific means to ensure a safe and plentiful food supply. Although I am not a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, I understand the needs of Texas farmers and ranchers. Thus, you may be certain that I will continue working with my congressional colleagues to monitor this issue while promoting minimal government intrusion.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
United States Senator