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HB211 • When Warren Hess resigned last fall as acting state veterinarian, he spoke out against the leader of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), alleging she had wrongfully taken away some of his duties and had appointed unqualified managers for meat and poultry inspection.

Those changes, Hess contended, violated what was written in Utah state code.

Now a bill making its way through the Legislature would support those changes made by Commissioner LuAnn Adams.

On Monday, Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, called HB211 a "housekeeping bill" for the UDAF.

"It changes the wording to make sure we are accurately portraying what we want the state veterinarian to do, which is to be out in the field using his talents and abilities to take care of the industry as necessary," he told a committee, which sent it to the full Senate. It already has passed the House.

Kathy Stephenson