Text: H.R.7162 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (06/11/2020)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7162


To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to allow the interstate sale of State-inspected meat, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 11, 2020

Ms. Cheney (for herself, Mrs. Miller, and Mr. McKinley) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to allow the interstate sale of State-inspected meat, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Expanding Markets for State-Inspected Meat Processors Act of 2020”.

SEC. 2. State-inspected meat.

Section 301 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 661) is amended—

(1) by striking the section designation and inserting the following:

“SEC. 301. Sale of inspected meat and meat food products”;

(2) in subsection (a)—

(A) by striking “In furtherance of this policy” in the matter preceding paragraph (1) and all that follows through “(1) The Secretary” in paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

“(B) STATE PROGRAMS.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary”;

(B) by striking “(a) It is” and inserting the following:

“(a) State meat inspection program.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—

“(A) POLICY.—It is”; and

(C) in paragraph (1)(B) (as so designated)—

(i) in clause (i) (as so designated), by striking “solely for distribution within such State” and inserting “for distribution”; and

(ii) by adding at the end the following:

“(ii) INTERSTATE COMMERCE.—

“(I) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, the Secretary may allow the shipment in interstate commerce of carcasses, parts of carcasses, meat, and meat food products inspected under the State meat inspection program described in clause (i).

“(II) ACCEPTANCE OF INTERSTATE SHIPMENTS OF MEAT AND MEAT FOOD PRODUCTS.—Notwithstanding any provision of State law, a State or local government shall not prohibit or restrict the movement or sale of meat or meat food products that have been inspected and passed in accordance with this Act for interstate commerce.”;

(3) in subsection (b), by striking “(b) The appropriate” and inserting the following:

“(b) Cooperation of State agency.—The appropriate”;

(4) in subsection (c)—

(A) by striking “(c)(1) If the Secretary” and inserting the following:

“(c) Enforcement of federal requirements.—

“(1) DESIGNATION OF STATES.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—If the Secretary”;

(B) in paragraph (1) (as so designated)—

(i) in subparagraph (A) (as so designated)—

(I) in the first sentence, by striking “solely for distribution within such State” and inserting “for distribution”; and

(II) in the second sentence, by striking “If the Secretary” and inserting the following:

“(B) DESIGNATION OF STATES.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided under clause (ii), if the Secretary”;

(ii) in subparagraph (B) (as so designated)—

(I) in clause (i) (as so designated)—

(aa) in the first sentence, by striking “wholly”; and

(bb) by striking “State; Provided, That if” and inserting the following: ““State.

“(ii) EXCEPTION.—If”; and

(II) in clause (ii) (as so designated)—

(aa) in the first sentence—

(AA) by striking “such designation” and inserting “a designation made under clause (i)”; and

(BB) by striking “he” each place it appears and inserting “the Secretary”; and

(bb) in the second sentence, by striking “The Secretary shall” and inserting the following:

“(C) PUBLICATION OF DESIGNATION.—The Secretary shall”;

(iii) in subparagraph (C) (as so designated)—

(I) in the first sentence—

(aa) by striking “if such”; and

(bb) by striking “were” after “transactions”; and

(II) in the second sentence, by striking “Thereafter, upon request” and inserting the following:

“(D) REVOCATION OF DESIGNATION.—On request”;

(iv) in subparagraph (D) (as so designated)—

(I) in the first sentence, by striking “such designation” and inserting “a designation made under subparagraph (B)(i)”; and

(II) by striking “title IV of this Act: And provided further, That, notwithstanding”; and inserting the following: ““title IV.

“(E) ADULTERATED MEAT OR MEAT FOOD PRODUCT.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding”; and

(v) in subparagraph (E) (as so designated)—

(I) in clause (i) (as so designated)—

(aa) in the first sentence—

(AA) by striking “within such State”; and

(BB) by striking “section 301 of the Act” and inserting “this section”; and

(bb) in the second sentence, by striking “If the State” and inserting the following:

“(ii) ENFORCEMENT.—If the State”; and

(II) in clause (ii) (as so designated), by striking “as though engaged in commerce”;

(C) in paragraph (2), by striking “(2) The provisions” and inserting the following:

“(2) EXCEPTIONS TO INSPECTION.—The provisions”;

(D) in paragraph (3)—

(i) by striking “(3) Whenever” and inserting the following:

“(3) TERMINATION OF DESIGNATION.—If”; and

(ii) by striking “he” and inserting “the Secretary”; and

(E) in paragraph (4), by striking “(4) The Secretary” and inserting the following:

“(4) REPORT.—The Secretary”; and

(5) in subsection (d), by striking “(d) As used in” and inserting the following:

“(d) Definition of State.—In”.


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