COLUMBUS – The Ohio House joined State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) in voting to pass House Bill 507 to decrease the number of chicks that can be distributed in a single lot.
Koehler’s legislation would reduce the minimum lot size recruitment of poultry under four-weeks-old that can be sold, given away or distributed from six to three.
“Besides updating a number of food processing regulations that date back to as early as 1953, House Bill 507 addresses a very simple issue brought to me by 4-H families,” said Koehler. “Our 4-H youth are required to buy a specified quantity of turkey chicks, but only allowed to show one turkey at the fair. Raising and processing the additional birds has created an unnecessary burden. HB 507 seeks to alleviate those issues by lowering the minimum number of chicks to be sold from six to three. More important, this bill is evidence that the Ohio General Assembly is listening to even our youngest constituents, and is willing to make the changes needed to help them.”
The change would apply to domesticated fowl including: chickens, turkeys, geese or ducks raised for the production of meat or eggs.
House Bill 507 will also make some changes to statutory food safety requirements that have been either duplicated in other state or federal requirements or are outdated.
The legislation will now head to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.