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Livestock cruelty bill on hold

CONCORD — A bill requiring people to report animal abuse to law enforcement authorities within 48 hours of observing it was tabled by the House on Wednesday.

The bill also would require anyone who makes a video recording of livestock abuse to submit the recording to law enforcement.

The vote was 329-15.

The majority of the House Committee on Environment and Agriculture said the bill protects livestock from cruelty and should be passed, while the minority said it is unnecessary because current laws dealing with cruelty to animals cover livestock.

The bill may be taken up later in the session. Depending on when during the session it is removed, a simple majority or a two-thirds majority will be required for passage.

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