2015 Regular Session
|At the request of:|
|Bill Title:||Relating to pesticide control; and declaring an emergency.|
Requires individual engaging in application of pesticides by aircraft to have aerial pesticide applicator certificate.
Establishes qualifications for obtaining and maintaining certificate. Authorizes State Department of Agriculture to suspend, revoke or refuse to renew license, certificate or other authorization if civil penalty is not paid within 90 days after order imposing penalty becomes final. Increases maximum amounts of certain civil penalties. Defines "person" for purposes of pesticide control chapter. Requires governing board of Pesticide Analytical and Response Center to develop standard operating procedures for implementation by public entities represented on board to coordinate receipt of, and response to, pesticide-related complaints indicating possible health or environmental effects. Requires board to report biennially to Legislative Assembly on activities of board and public entities represented on board regarding standard operating procedures. Requires State Department of Agriculture to operate telephone line for receiving, and facilitating coordination of responses to, pesticide-related complaints by public indicating possible health or environmental effects. Requires department to report biennially to Legislative Assembly regarding telephone line operations. Requires State Department of Agriculture to place information regarding pesticides on department website. Requires that information indicate pesticides and devices listed by department as highly toxic or restricted-use. Increases maximum amount the State Department of Agriculture may establish as pesticide registration fee. Allows State Department of Agriculture to require individual holding license, certificate or other authorization to retake examination if individual commits or has responsibility for violation indicating inadequate knowledge of pesticide laws and rules. Allows department to suspend, revoke or refuse to renew license, certificate or other authorization if individual fails retaken examination. Makes person conducting forest operation that includes aerial application of herbicides responsible for leaving strips of land adjacent to inhabited dwellings and schools unsprayed. Makes violation misdemeanor punishable by maximum of one year's imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Makes violation subject to civil penalty in amount established by State Board of Forestry by rule, not to exceed $5,000. Increases expenditure limit for biennium beginning July 1, 2015, from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts and certain federal funds, but excluding lottery funds and certain other federal funds, collected or received by State Department of Agriculture for purposes of department's duties under pesticide programs as established by Act. Makes provisions operative on either January 1, 2016, or January 1, 2017. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Chapter Number:||Chapter 833|
|Fiscal Impact:||Budget Report Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||Chapter Number Assigned|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|