Read 1st time March 1, 1999, and 1,000 copies ordered printed.

TERRY L. SPIELER, Secretary.



To repeal section 277.020, RSMo Supp. 1998, relating to livestock, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to the same subject.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Missouri, as follows:

Section A.  Section 277.020, RSMo Supp. 1998, is repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 277.020 and 277.023, to read as follows:

277.020.  The following terms as used in this chapter mean:

(1)  "Livestock", cattle, swine, sheep, llamas, ratite birds including but not limited to ostrich and emu, aquatic products as defined in section 277.024, elk documented as obtained from a legal source and not from the wild and raised in confinement for human consumption or animal husbandry, goats and poultry, equine and exotic animals;

(2)  "Livestock market", a place of business or place where livestock is concentrated for the purpose of sale, exchange or trade made at regular or irregular intervals, whether at auction or not, except this definition shall not apply to any public farm sale or purebred livestock sale, or to any sale, transfer, or exchange of livestock from one person to another person for movement or transfer to other farm premises or directly to a licensed market;

(3)  "Livestock sale", the business of mediating, for a commission, or otherwise, sale, purchase, or exchange transactions in livestock, whether or not at a livestock market; except the term "livestock sale" shall not apply to order buyers, livestock dealers or other persons acting directly as a buying agent for any third party;

(4)  "Person", individuals, partnerships, corporations and associations;

(5)  "State veterinarian", the state veterinarian of the Missouri state department of agriculture.

277.023.  For the purposes of any rule or regulation promulgated by any department, board, commission or political subdivision of this state, llamas shall be treated and classified as livestock rather than as exotic animals.

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