Brucellosis Testing Funds Advance

Cheyenne, WY – A bill to help with brucellosis testing costs cleared the Wyoming Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday. Committee members changed direct compensation from five dollars a head to three dollars. They also removed 50 thousand dollars that would have paid for feed for those cattle that get quarantined. Senator John Hines says lawmakers were concerned about directly funding a business and whether that might set a precendent. He says coal-bed methane producers might seek state funding if their businesses are damaged by delays in permitting. However, Hines agrees some compensation is needed to help make Wyoming brucellosis-free. That bill heads to the Senate floor.