Membership of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, created through a livestock welfare ballot intitiative in Nov. 2009, is expected to be in place by March, according to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).

A bill that outlines the duties of the board and how farm regulation will work under the new voter-approved system must be approved first, but is expected to move quickly, says OVMA Executive Director Jack Advent.

The bill, Ohio House Bill 414, was introduced Jan. 19, and Advent says passage is expected by early March. Appointments must come within 45 days of the bill’s passage, and 10 of the appointments must be made by the governor.

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