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Puppy mill proposal stalled by Oklahoma Senate committee

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: May 20, 2009 at 4:22 am •  Published: May 20, 2009

/> This comes after Branan and Denney made several changes to the bill, including a provision that allowed hobby breeders who sold fewer than 35 pets per year to become licensed.

The bill also included a provision that set a tiered fine system. Fine amounts increased based on the number of animals bred.

"What is the value of this bill if breeders are already subject to USDA regulations?” asked Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant.

Branan argued that consumers in Oklahoma would know reputable breeders needed to be licensed by the state. Branan said he didn’t expect the bill to advance this session, but he hoped to get committee members to agree to a procedural move that would allow lawmakers to reconsider the measure next year.