The New England Brown Egg Council announced that Massachusetts House Bill 815, which is considered to promote the HSUS agenda regarding confinement of poultry and livestock, has been assigned by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee to “study” status.

This places the bill in limbo and effectively prevents passage during the current legislature. At the same time, the action restrains HSUS from beginning a ballot initiative.

Lobbying efforts by the New England Brown Egg Council were influential in the action of the committee chairman. The results of the referendum in Ohio and the gubernatorial, state representative and senate races in Massachusetts will determine the direction of future Legislation.