State representative seeks stronger quarantine rules

Monday, January 24th 2005, 9:22 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Quarantine efforts after a killer bee attack could get stronger under a bill filed by a Faxon Republican.

Representative Don Ames has filed a bill that would give the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department new powers to react to protect people from Africanized honeybee attacks.

The bill would allow the state agency to quarantine locations where the bees are discovered.

Killer bees were shipped to Brazil in the 1950s to help aid in honey production. The bees have since moved north. Attacks have been reported in Oklahoma in Tillman and Beckham counties.