Bill aimed at bringing large-scale chicken operations to Kansas now on governor's desk

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State lawmakers have approved a bill that could make it easier for chicken-processing plants to be established in Kansas.

Members of the House voted 84-37 in approval after the Senate gave its overwhelming approval last month. The bill now goes to Gov. Jeff Colyer for his signature.

The bill essentially rewrites prior legislation on animal feedlots, allowing farms with over 300,000 chickens within a quarter-mile from residential neighborhoods and more than tripling the number of chickens allowed within that radius of homes. It follows Tyson Fresh Meats' failed effort to build a $320 million processing plant, feed mill and hatchery in Tonganoxie that could have slaughtered over 1 million chickens a week.

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