Original article by Meredith Johnson
The committee on Ways and Means in the House of Representatives presented a set of amendments to the 2016 Question 3 law that will help bring uniformity to cage-free production in the state and prevent a shortage in 2022.
The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill on June 24 that will change the housing density mandate of the 2016 Question 3 law. However, the committee on Ways and Means presented a set of changes to that bill on October 5 that, if passed, are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
In addition to other amendments in the presentation, Aaron Michlewitz, chairman on the committee on Ways and Means, argued that
Additionally, Michlewitz stated that the law should be renamed “An Act further regulating hen welfare and establishing uniform cage-free standards” and that it should be declared an emergency law (necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience) to prevent potential egg shortages in the state.
The requests were approved and are scheduled to be reviewed by the House.
During the initial housing density changes in June, Massachusetts Senator Jason Lewis stated, “If we don’t take action, there will be very few egg producers who will actually be in compliance with the standard as established in the ballot question, and that is not enough egg producers to meet demand here in the commonwealth — in fact far from it.”
In the most recent review of amendments this week, Massachusetts State Representative Carolyn Dykema stated, “Passage of this bill is time sensitive and is essential to protecting our fragile food supply chain when food insecurity is as high as ever.”
Published on WATTPoultry.com on October 11, 2021