Washington’s governor, Chris Gregoire, has signed a new bill that requires livestock entering Washington from another state be inspected within 12 hours of entry.

The bill was pushed by segments of the livestock industry, as well as the state veterinarian. Both want to step up the protection for the state’s animal herd from diseases.

The bill also improves the state veterinarian's investigative tools in the event of an animal disease outbreak.

The governor signed the bill Monday. It will go into effect in June.

Source: The Associated Press.