Session of 2000
SENATE BILL No. 590
By Committee on Agriculture
10 AN ACT
concerning livestock; relating to ownership of such livestock.
12 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the
State of Kansas:
1. As used in this act:
14 (a) "Animal unit"
means a unit of measurement calculated by adding
15 the following numbers: The number of beef
cattle weighing more than
16 700 pounds multiplied by 1.0; plus the
number of cattle weighing less
17 than 700 pounds multiplied by 0.5; plus the
number of swine weighing
18 more than 55 pounds multiplied by 0.4; plus
the number of swine weigh-
19 ing 55 pounds or less multiplied by
20 (b) "Livestock"
means live cattle or swine.
21 (c) "Packer"
means a person or agent of such person, engaged in the
22 business of slaughtering livestock in
Kansas in excess of 1,000,000 animal
23 units per year.
24 (d) "Person"
shall include individuals, firms, trusts, partnerships, lim-
25 ited liability companies, corporations and
26 Sec. 2. (a)
(1) Except as provided further, it shall be unlawful for a
27 packer to directly or indirectly be engaged
in the ownership of livestock
28 for the production of livestock or
livestock products, other than temporary
29 ownership for no more than 10 days prior to
30 (2) Livestock
owned by the packer on the effective date of this act
31 shall be sold or slaughtered on or before
January 1, 2003.
32 (b) (1) It
shall be unlawful for a packer to enter into a contract to
33 purchase cattle for slaughter using a
formula or grid pricing mechanism
34 if the packer fails to negotiate a base
price prior to the livestock being
35 committed or scheduled for slaughter.
36 (2) Any contract
to purchase livestock for slaughter that is in violation
37 of this section is voidable by the
38 (c) The
provisions of this section shall not apply to persons entering
39 into a marketing contract pursuant to
K.S.A. 17-1616, and amendments
41 (d) Any packer
acting in violation of this section shall be guilty of a
42 class A, nonperson misdemeanor, and in
addition to any term of impris-
43 onment, shall be fined $500 per
3. Any person who suffers a financial loss as a result of a
2 of this act may bring a civil action
against any packer to recover treble
3 damages sustained by reason of such
4. (a) Whenever the attorney general or a county or district
5 torney has reason to believe that a
packer is violating subsection (a) of
6 section 2, and amendments thereto,
such attorney shall commence an
7 action in district court to enjoin
the livestock operation.
8 (b) The
court, upon making a determination that such packer is in
9 violation of subsection (a) of
section 2, and amendments thereto, shall
10 order such livestock to be sold and shall
assess the packer a fine of not
11 less than $1,000 for each day of
12 (c) The proceeds
from any livestock ordered to be sold pursuant to
13 subsection (b) shall not be distributed
until all fines and costs associated
14 with such action have been paid. If the
attorney general prosecuted such
15 violation, recovered costs, including but
not limited to attorney fees, shall
16 be credited to the attorney general's
antitrust special revenue fund. If the
17 county or district attorney prosecuted such
violation, recovered costs,
18 including but not limited to attorney fees,
shall be credited to the county
19 general fund.
20 Sec. 5. (a)
In order to enforce the provisions of this act, the attorney
21 general shall have the investigative
authority to administer oaths and af-
22 firmations, subpoena witnesses or matter
and collect evidence prior to
23 filing suit.
24 (b) The attorney
general shall have the power and authority to enter
25 into reciprocal agreements with other
states for the exchange of infor-
26 mation on a cooperative basis which may
assist in the proper administra-
27 tion of this act.
28 Sec. 6. This act shall
take effect and be in force from and after its
29 publication in the statute book.