Montana Administrative Register Notice 32-14-257 No. 18   09/18/2014    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 32.2.403 pertaining to diagnostic laboratory fees










To: All Concerned Persons


            1. On October 20, 2014, the Department of Livestock proposes to amend the above-stated rule.


            2. The Department of Livestock will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the rulemaking process and need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Livestock no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 8, 2014, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Christian Mackay, 301 N. Roberts St., Room 308, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, MT 59620-2001; telephone: (406) 444-9321; TTD number: 1 (800) 253-4091; fax: (406) 444-1929; e-mail: cmackay@mt.gov.


            3. The rule as proposed to be amended provides as follows, stricken matter interlined, new matter underlined:


            32.2.403 DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY FEES (1) The following list identifies the laboratory test services available through the Montana Department of Livestock Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (MVDL), and the associated fees charged for those services.

            (a) Acceptance of specimens for diagnostic testing signifies contractual agreement between MVDL and our client.

            (b) All submitted specimens become the property of MVDL.

            (c)  Submitted specimens may be subjected to additional testing as determined by state or federal animal or foreign animal disease surveillance mandates at no additional expense to our clients. Test services available through the Montana Department of Livestock Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are listed in the chart in (2), entitled MVDL Services and Fees.

            (a) A 50 percent surcharge will be assessed for tests conducted on non-resident animals.

            (b) Mailing costs:

            (i) all submissions must have shipping cost or postage prepaid;

            (ii)  "collect on delivery" shipments are not accepted;

            (iii) any mailing costs incurred by the laboratory will be billed to the submitter.

            (c) Delinquent accounts:

            (i) A 1.5 percent monthly interest rate will be charged on accounts over 30 days.

            (ii) Laboratory results on any account 90 days delinquent will be withheld until the entire payment is received.

            (2) Abortion studies, livestock:

            (a) histopathology and aerobic, brucella, campylobacter,

trichomonas cultures and darkfield examination                                                    $50.00

            (3) Bacteriology:

            (a) aerobic culture:

            (i) identify one isolate                                                                                      $15.00

            (ii) additional isolates                                                                               $6.00 each

            (b) anaerobic culture:

            (i) one                                                                                                                 $18.00

            (ii) additional                                                                                                                        $6.00

            (c) antibiotic sensitivity                                                                                       10.00

            (d) campylobacter                                                                                             $12.00

            (e) CEM contagious equine metritis (talorellar equengenitales)      contact lab

            (f) chlamydial ELISA                                                                                        $20.00

            (g) clostridium FA                                                                                              $12.00

            (h) dermatophyte culture and PAS                                                                $25.00

            (i) direct microscopy                                                                                            $8.00

            (j) fecal occult blood                                                                          $8.00 minimum

            (k) mycoplasma culture (spectation referral)                                                $15.00

            (l) nondermatophyte fungal culture                                                                                 $22.00

            (m) salmonella enteritis (environmental samples)       $18.00 each/contact lab

            (n) trichomonas foetus culture (in pouch):

            (i) 1 to 100                                                                                                            $6.00

            (ii) 101 to 500                                                                                                       $5.50

            (iii) 501 or more                                                                                                   $5.00

            (4) Clinical Pathology:

            (a) clinical profiles:

            (i) small animal (SA) health screen                                                                                 $44.00

            (ii) SA clinical profile                                                                                        $33.00

            (iii) SA pre-anesthetic profile                                                                          $24.00

            (iv) large animal (LA) health screen                                                              $44.00

            (v) LA clinical profile                                                                                         $33.00

            (vi) feline profile                                                                                                $66.00

            (vii) equine fitness profile                                                                               $32.00

            (b) biochemistry panels:

            (i) SA hepatic panel                                                                                         $20.00

            (ii) SA renal panel                                                                                            $20.00

            (iii) canine endocrine panel                                                                           $23.00

            (iv) electrolyte panel                                                                                         $10.00

            (v) expanded electrolyte panel                                                                       $15.00

            (vi) feline geriatric panel                                                                                  $14.00

            (vii) SA panel                                                                                                     $25.00

            (viii) LA panel                                                                                                    $25.00

            (c) urine evaluation:

            (i) urinalysis                                                                                                       $12.00

            (ii) urinalysis with culture/sensitivity                                                             $34.00

            (d) endocrinology:

            (i) canine thyroid panel                                                                                   $28.00

            (ii) thyroid panel feline & equine                                                                   $24.00

            (iii) canine total T4                                                                                            $10.00

            (iv) total T4 feline & equine                                                                             $10.00

            (v) canine TSH                                                                                                  $10.00

            (vi) free T4                                                                                                          $10.00

            (vii) total T3                                                                                                        $10.00

            (viii) cortisol studies                                                                                $15.00 each

            (e) other serum chemistry:

            (i) bile acid                                                                                                $24.00 each

            (ii) bile acid (pre and post)                                                                               $34.00

            (iii) phenobarbital                                                                                             $24.00

            (iv) PLI pancreatic lipase immunoreactivity canine, feline                        $22.50

            (v) individual biochemical tests                                                               contact lab

            (f) hematology:

            (i) SA/LA CBC with differential                                                                       $15.00

            (ii) SA/LA CBC without differential                                                                  $6.50

            (iii) reticulocyte count                                                                                         $6.50

            (iv) hemotropic parasite screen                                                                        $4.00

            (v) fibrinogen                                                                                                       $4.00

            (vi) feline anemia panel                                                                                  $36.00

            (g) cytology:

            (i) solid tissue                                                                                                    $34.00

            (ii) bone marrow                                                                                                $40.00

            (iii) fluid analysis                                                                                              $36.00

            (iv) CSF analysis with microprotein                                     $24.00 + plus referral

            (h) miscellaneous tests:

            (i) blood cross match                                                                                        $15.00

            (ii) buffy coat exam                                                                                           $30.00

            (iii) coagulation panel                                                                                      $80.00

            (iv) individual coagulation test                                                                       $20.00

            (v) canine direct coombs                                                                                 $30.00

            (5) Histology:

            (a) routine H&E:

            (i) 1 to 3 slides                                                                                                   $34.00

            (ii) 4 to 6 slides                                                                                                  $40.00

            (iii) 7 to10 slides                                                                                                $46.00

            (iv) 11 slides or more                                                                                        $52.00

            (b) duplicate H&E (1 to 3)                                                                                $17.00

            (i) each additional slide                                                                                     $5.00

            (c) immunohistochemistry                                                                               $25.00

            (d) special stains                                                                                                 $8.00

            (e) special preparation                                                                     $8.00 minimum

            (f) decalcification/keratin                                                                                   $8.00

            (g) bulk research slide prep staining only            $3.50 per slide + $22.00/hour

            (6) Milk Testing:

            (a)  added water                                                                                                   $3.00

(b) antibiotic                                                                                                       $23.00

(c)  brucella ring test                                                                                            $2.00

(d) coliform count                                                                                                $5.00

(e) component                                                                                                     $1.00

(f) gerber                                                                                                               $3.00

(g) listeria culture (up to 3 environmental swabs)                                       $32.00

(h) majonnier                                                                                                     $12.50

(i) pesticide (organophosphate and carbamates)                     $24.00 minimum

(j) pesticide (chlorinated hydrocarbons)                                   $210.00 minimum

(k) phosphatase                                                                                                  $6.00

(l) somatic cell count (direct microscopy)                                                        $5.00

(m) somatic cell count (electronic)                                                                   $1.00

(n) standard plate count                                                                                    $5.50

(o) yeast and mold                                                                                              $5.50

            (7) Miscellaneous Tests and Special Requests:

            (a) bovine IgG                                                                                                    $15.00

            (b) camelid IgG with total protein                                                                   $15.00

            (c) equine IgG                                                                                                   $15.00

            (d) ocular nitrate                                                                                                $14.00

            (e) organization fee                                                                                $60.00/hour

            (f) duplicate test result reporting                                                                       $3.00

            (g) after hour fee (pathologist)                                                              up to $85.00

            (h) stat fee                                                                              call in advance $15.00

            (i) minimum laboratory fee                                                                                $8.00

            (j) referral testing                  referral lab test fee + shipping and $8.00 handling

            (8) Necropsy:

            (a) cattle and horses:

            (i) fetus                                                                      $70.00 + carcass disposal (cd)

            (ii) less than 150 lbs                                                                                $85.00 + cd

            (iii) 150 to 500 lbs                                                                                   $110.00 + cd

            (iv) more than 500 lbs                                                                           $150.00 + cd

            (b) small ruminants:

            (i) fetuses (same dam)                                                                             $70.00 + cd

            (ii) up to 20 lbs                                                                                          $70.00 + cd

            (iii) more than 20 lbs                                                                                $85.00 + cd

            (c) swine:

            (i) fetuses (same litter)                                                                             $70.00 + cd

            (ii) less than 25 lbs                                                                                   $70.00 + cd

            (iii) 25 to 250 lbs                                                                                       $85.00 + cd

            (iv) more than 250 lbs                                                                           $110.00 + cd

            (d) dogs and cats                                                                                   $110.00 + cd

            (e) other species                                                                             $40.00 minimum

            (f) carcass disposal (incineration):

            (i) companion animals                                                                 $25.00 to $100.00

            (ii) livestock                                                                                   $25.00 per 100 wt.

(g) insurance and legal cases             contact lab - $150.00 per hour

            (h) research                                                                                                contact lab

            (i) spinal cord removal + necropsy fee:                                                                    

            (i) small animal                                                                                                  $50.00

            (ii) large animal                                                                                               $100.00

            (j) transmissible encephalopathies:

            (i) necropsies                                                                        $125.00 minimum + cd

            (ii) brain removal only                                                            $30.00 minimum + cd

            (iii) IHC/ELISA/WB              referral lab test fee + shipping and $8.00 handling

            (9) Livestock Neonatal Diarrhea Studies:                                                    $95.00

            (10) Parasitology:

            (a) parasite or arthropod identification                                                          $27.00

            (b) cryptosporidia exam                                                                    $8.00 minimum

            (c) dirofilaria immitis ELISA                                                                               $9.00

            (d) with confirmation                                                                                          $8.00

            (e) fecal flotation                                                                                               $10.00

            (f) giardia ELISA                                                                                               $28.00

            (g) special parasite ID procedures                                                          contact lab

            (11) PCR Testing:

            (a) BVD                                                                                                               $30.00

(b) IBR                                                                                                                $35.00

            (c) tritrichomonas foetus                                                                    $27.00/sample

            (i) pooled (5 samples)                                                                                      $50.00

            (ii) retest in positive pools                                                                  $27.00/sample

            (d) other PCR                                                                                   $25.00 to $50.00

            (12) Rabies:

            (a) FA examination (small animal)                                                                $30.00

            (b) FA examination (large animal)                                                                 $55.00

            (c) carcass disposal (bats or small rodents)    see Necropsy Carcass Disposal

            (13) Serology – large animal:

            (a) anaplasmosis ELISA                                                                                    $7.00

            (b) avian influenza AGID:

(i) less than 10                                                                                                     $5.50

(ii) 10 to 24                                                                                                           $4.75

(iii) 25 to 49                                                                                                          $2.75

(iv) 50 or more                                                                                                      $1.50

            (c) bluetongue AGID                                                                                          $6.00

            (d) bluetongue ELISA:

            (i) 1 to 100                                                                                                            $8.25

            (ii) 101 to 500                                                                                                       $6.00

            (iii) 501 or more                                                                                                   $3.50

            (e) bovine leukemia virus ELISA:

            (i) 1 to 100                                                                                                            $6.50

            (ii) 101-500                                                                                                           $5.50

            (iii) 501 or more                                                                                                   $3.50

            (f) BRSV SN                                                                                                        $6.50

            (g) bovine virus diarrhea type I and II SN                                                     $13.00

            (h) caprine progressive pneumonia:                                                                        

            (i) AGID                                                                                                                 $6.00

            (ii) ELISA                                                                                                              $6.00

            (i) brucella abortus:

            (i) card, BAPA, FP, RAP                                                                          $1.50 each

            (ii) CF, Rivanol, SPT, STT                                                                       $2.50 each

            (j) brucella ovis ELISA                                                                                        $7.50

            (k) epizootic hemorrhagic disease AGID                                                      $10.00

            (l) equine infectious anemia AGID:

            (i) 1 to 15 samples                                                                                     $7.00 each

            (ii) 16 to 50 samples                                                                                 $5.50 each

            (iii) 51 or more                                                                                            $4.50 each

            (m) equine infectious anemia ELISA:                                                                      

            (i) 1 to 15 samples                                                                                            $12.50

            (ii) 16 to 50 samples                                                                                         $10.00

            (iii) 51 or more                                                                                                      $9.00

            (n) infectious bovine rhinotracheitis                                                               $6.50

            (o) johne's ELISA:

            (i) 1 to 100                                                                                                            $7.50

            (ii) 101 to 500                                                                                                       $5.50

            (iii) 501 or more                                                                                                   $3.50

            (p) leptospirosis MAT 5 routine serovars:                                                     $10.00

            (i) leptospirosis individual MAT                                                $2.00 each serovar

            (q) ovine progressive pneumonia:

            (i) AGID                                                                                                                 $6.00

            (ii) ELISA                                                                                                              $6.00

            (r) parainfluenza-3                                                                                              $5.00

            (s) pseudorabies gB-ELISA                                                                              $5.50

            (t) salmonella pullorum MAT                                                                             $4.50

            (u) vesicular stomatitis CF                                                        contact lab - $45.00

            (v) vesicular stomatitis - NJ, IN SN                                                                $13.00

            (w) west nile virus referral                                                                               $50.00

            (x) prices for large shipments (over 200) may be negotiated based on individual cost.

            (14) Serology – small animal:

            (a) brucella canis card                                                                              contact lab

            (b) feline infectious peritonitis ELISA                                                           $27.00

            (c) feline leukemia virus ELISA                                                                     $17.00

            (d) feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus                                    $27.00

(15) Toxicology                                             referral to outside contract laboratory

            (16) Virology:

            (a) bovine leukemia virus ELISA:

            (i) 1 to 100                                                                                                            $6.50

            (ii) 101 to 500                                                                                                       $5.50

            (iii) 501 or more                                                                                                   $3.50

            (b) bovine virus diarrhea ELISA:

            (i) 1 to 100 samples                                                                                  $5.00 each

            (ii) 101 or more                                                                                          $4.00 each

            (c) canine parvovirus ELISA                                                                           $24.00

            (d) electron microscopy                                                                                   $30.00

            (e) fluorescent antibody testing                                                              $8.00 each

            (f) leptospirosis MAT                                                                                        $10.00

            (i) 2 serovars                                                                                                        $2.00

            (g) pseudorabies LA/bB ELISA                                                                        $5.50

            (h) rotavirus                                                                                                       $25.00

            (i) virus isolation                                                                                      $25.00/virus

            (17) Miscellaneous charges/supplies:

            (a) culturette (3 swabs)                                                                                      $3.00

            (b) duplicate test reporting                                                                                 $2.00

            (c) handling fee                                                                               $8.00 + shipping

(d) kits                                                                             shipping and mailing costs

            (e) large shipper                                                                                                $18.75

            (f) minimum fee                                                                                                   $8.00

            (g) out-of-state                                                                          cost of test plus 50%

            (h) organizational fee                                                           $60.00/hour minimum

            (i) referral testing                    referral lab fee test + mailing and $8.00 handling

(j) special testing/referral                                                              contact laboratory

(k) shipper return                                                          shipping and mailing costs

(18) Other tests requested                                                       call ahead for prices

            (19) A 1.5% monthly interest rate will be charged on accounts over 30 days.

            (2) MVDL services and fees:

Clinical Microbiology/Bacteriology


aerobic culture


aerobic - additional isolate

$8.00 each

anaerobic culture

$19.00 - one

anaerobic - additional isolate

$8.00 each

antibiotic sensitivity


brucella culture


campylobacter culture


chlamydial ELISA


clostridium FA


clostridium perfringens genotyping

referral lab fee + handling

dermatophyte culture & PAS


direct microscopy


environmental culture

$19.00 each

fecal occult blood

$8.50 minimum

fungal culture


listeria culture


milk culture


mycoplasma culture


non-dermatophyte fungal culture


salmonella culture


salmonella enteritidis/if negative


salmonella enteritidis/additional testing


special requests

contact lab

tritrichomonas foetus culture:



1 - 100

$6.50 each


101 - 500

$6.00 each


501 or more

$5.50 each

Clinical Microbiology/Parasitology


cryptosporidia exam


dirofilaria immitis (canine heartworm) ELISA



fecal flotation


giardia ELISA


parasite or arthropod identification


special parasite identification procedures

contact lab

Clinical Pathology


Clinical profiles:


small animal health screen


large animal health screen


small animal clinical profile


large animal clinical profile


small animal pre-anesthetic profile


feline profile


equine fitness profile




canine thyroid panel


thyroid panel


canine total T4


total T4


canine TSH


free T4


total T3


cortisol: canine, feline, equine

$16.00 each

ACTH stimulation


cortisol: pre & post


dexamethasone suppression: pre & post


(normal collection: 0, 4 & 8 hour samples)

Biochemistry panels:


small animal panel


large animal panel


small animal hepatic panel


small animal renal panel


canine endocrine panel


feline geriatric panel


electrolyte panel


expanded electrolyte panel


Other serum chemistry:


PLI: canine, feline


bile acids: canine, feline, equine


bile acids: (pre & post)




individual biochemical test

contact lab





large animal CBC/differential


small animal CBC/without differential


large animal CBC/without differential


reticulocyte count


feline anemia panel




hemotropic parasite screen




urinalysis with culture & sensitivity


Miscellaneous clinical pathology tests:


blood cross match


buffy coat exam


canine direct coombs


coagulation panel


individual coagulation test




ocular nitrate




bone marrow cytology


CFS analysis: SG, microprotein, cytospin, cytology

$25.25 plus microprotein referral fee

cytology with culture


fluid analysis: total cell count, TP, SG, cytology


FNA: imprint, smear, stained, or unstained




biopsy standard, per biopsy (1-3 slides)



per biopsy or necropsy (4-6 slides)



per biopsy or necropsy (7-10 slides)



per biopsy or necropsy (11 or more slides)




hematoxylin & eosin (H & E):



duplicate H & E (1-3 slides)

$18.00 each


additional H & E (4 or more slides)

$5.25 each

immunohistochemistry (IHC)


special stains


bulk research - slide prep staining only

$4.00/slide + $24.00/hour

Milk Testing


added water




brucella ring


coliform count






laboratory certification review

contact milk lab

listeria environmental culture

$11.75/swab site






organophosphate & carbamates

$25.25 minimum


chlorinated hydrocarbons

$220.50 minimum



somatic cell count:








standard plate count


yeast & mold


Molecular Diagnostics (PCR)


new tests as implemented

contact lab

avian influenza (AI)


bovine coronavirus (BCV)


bovine virus diarrhea (BVD):



individual sample



MVDL pooled (up to 24 earnotch samples)



retest in positive pools/antigen capture ELISA


E. coli - K99


Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR)


mycobacterium paratuberculosis (Johne's):



individual sample



MVDL pooled (up to 5 feces samples)



retest positive pools


salmonella enteritidis PCR



suspect culture confirmation


tritrichomonas foetus:



individual sample



MVDL pooled (up to 5 samples)



retest in positive pools




abortion workup, livestock - MVDL kits only


carcass disposal (CD) - incineration

$26.25/hundred weight

insurance/legal cases


necropsy - bovine & equine:




$73.50 + CD


less than 150 lbs

$89.25 + CD


150 to 500 lbs

$115.50 + CD


more than 500 lbs

$157.50 + CD

necropsy - canine & feline:

$115.50 + CD

necropsy - porcine (swine):



fetus (same litter)

$73.50 + CD


less than 25 lbs

$73.50 + CD


25 to 250 lbs

$89.25 + CD


more than 250 lbs

$115.50 + CD

necropsy - small ruminant:



fetus (same dam)

$73.50 + CD


up to 20 lbs

$73.50 + CD


more than 20 lbs

$89.25 + CD

necropsy - other species

$42.00 minimum + CD

neonatal diarrhea workup - livestock, MVDL kits only



contact lab

spinal cord removal (in addition to necropsy fee):



small animal



large animal


transmissible encephalopathies:




$131.25 minimum


brain removal only

$31.50 minimum


immunohistochemistry and ELISA test

referral + handling fee



small animal


livestock with histopathology


entire carcass disposal (excluding bats & small rodents)

$26.25 minimum



anaplasmosis cELISA


avian influenza (AI) AGID:




$6.00 each



$5.00 each



$3.00 each


50 or more

$2.00 each

bluetongue (BT) AGID - contact laboratory

$6.50 minimum

bluetongue cELISA:




$8.75 each



$6.50 each


501 or more

$4.00 each

bovine leukemia virus (BLV) ELISA:




$7.00 each



$6.00 each


501 or more

$4.00 each

bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) - SN


bovine virus diarrhea type I, II - SN


bovine virus diarrhea (BVD) ELISA:




$5.25 each



$4.25 each


501 or more

$3.75 each

brucella abortus:



card, BAPA, FP or RAP

$1.60 each


rivanal, SPT, CF, STT

$2.65 each

brucella ovis ELISA


caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE):








epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) - AGID


equine infectious anemia (EIA) AGID

individual sample


equine infectious anemia (EIA) AGID -same owner:




$8.00 each



$6.00 each


51 or more

$4.75 each

equine infectious anemia (EIA) cELISA

individual sample


equine infectious anemia (EIA) cELISA same owner:




$13.00 each



$10.50 each


51 or more

$9.50 each

infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR)-SN


leptospirosis MAT:



(routine) L. canicola, L. grippo, L. hardjo, L. ictero, L. pomona



L. autumnalis, L. bratislava/per each


mycobacterium paratuberculosis (PTB) ELISA:




$8.00 each



$6.00 each


501 or more

$4.00 each

ovine progressive pneumonia (OPP):





parainfluenza 3 (PI3) - HAI


pseudorabies - gB ELISA


salmonella pullorum MAT


vesicular stomatitis (VS):






NJ & Ind - SN


west nile virus (WNV):



July 1 - Oct 15 lgM ELISA



off season

referral lab fee + handling

Serology - Small Animal


brucella canis -RSAT screen, 2ME-TAT confirmation


feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) ELISA


feline leukemia virus (FeLV) ELISA


feline leukemia/feline immunodeficiency virus (FelV, FIV) ELISA




bovine virus diarrhea - cELISA

see serology section

canine parvovirus ELISA


electron microscopy (EM)


fluorescent antibody (FA) testing - per agent:



bovine coronavirus (BCV)



bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) SN



bovine virus diarrhea (BVD)



canine distemper (CDV)



canine parvovirus (CPV)



equine herpesvirus (EHV)



feline panleukopenia (FPLV)



feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)



feline herpes (FHV)



infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR)






parainfluenza - 3 Virus (PI-3)



porcine parvovirus (PPV)


rotavirus ELISA


virus lsolation (livestock only)


Miscellaneous Tests & Special Requests


after hours pathologist


carcass disposal

$26.25/hundred weight

duplicate test result reporting


lgG RID: bovine, camelid, equine


minimum laboratory fee


ocular nitrate


organization fee


referral testing

cost per referral

stat fee



            AUTH:            81-1-102, 81-2-102, MCA

            IMP:                81-1-301, 81-1-302, 81-2-102, MCA


            Reason: The department proposes to amend the above-stated rule to ensure that fees charged by the Montana Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (MVDL) are commensurate with the cost of performing the tests or services listed, as required by 81-1-102(2), MCA. The fees for each procedure and test were evaluated to determine the cost of the test materials and labor for performance of the test. The fees were compared to regional government-funded diagnostic laboratories and a private veterinary laboratory. The fees proposed herein were adjusted to be competitive with these laboratories and to offset inflationary costs. The MVDL must continue to provide a utilized service to the Montana livestock industry in order to ensure that a vital function and mission of the laboratory (disease surveillance) is not compromised.

            Additionally, the MVDL has implemented new tests at the request of producers. The proposed fees to be established for these new tests are published in this proposal. The department proposes to remove the provisions of (1)(a) through (1)(c) as redundant provisions. The rule has also been reformatted to provide clarity and a more user-friendly document.

            The increased fees charged by the department's diagnostic laboratory will potentially affect approximately 25,000 people who may use services at the laboratory. The cumulative amount of the fee increase will be $50,000.00 based on this number of lab users.


            4. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments in writing to Christian Mackay, 301 N. Roberts St., Room 308, P.O. Box 202001, Helena, MT 59620-2001, by faxing to (406) 444-1929, or by e-mailing to MDOLcomments@mt.gov to be received no later than 5:00 p.m., October 20, 2014.


            5. If persons who are directly affected by the proposed action wish to express their data, views, and arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, they must make a written request for a hearing and submit this request along with any written comments they have to the same address as above. The written request for hearing must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., October 20, 2014.


            6. If the department receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10 percent or 25, whichever is less, of the persons who are directly affected by the proposed action; from the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature; from a governmental subdivision or agency; or from an association having not less than 25 members who will be directly affected, a public hearing will be held at a later date. Notice of the public hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register. Ten percent of those persons directly affected has been determined to be 2,500, based upon the estimate that approximately 25,000 people use MVDL services.


            7. The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request. Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 4 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.


            8. An electronic copy of this proposal notice is available through the Secretary of State's web site at http://sos.mt.gov/ARM/Register. The Secretary of State strives to make the electronic copy of the notice conform to the official version of the notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the notice and the electronic version of the notice, only the official printed text will be considered. In addition, although the Secretary of State works to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems.


            9. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.


            10. With regard to the requirements of 2-4-111, MCA, the department has determined that the amendment of the above-referenced rule will not significantly and directly impact small businesses.




BY:      /s/ Robert Stutz                     BY:      /s/ Christian Mackay

            Robert Stutz                                     Christian Mackay

            Rule Reviewer                                  Executive Officer

                                                                   Board of Livestock

                                                                   Department of Livestock


            Certified to the Secretary of State September 8, 2014.


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