Bill Status of HB4709 100th General Assembly
Short Description: AGR-BEES AND APIARIES
Rep. Sue Scherer
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Bees and Apiaries Act. Provides that every person who keeps bees and who has registered with the Department of Agriculture who obtains additional colonies from capturing swarms, colony divisions, or any other source within the State shall report the additional colonies to the Department during the designated annual registration period. Provides that a beekeeper shall obtain limits on liability who signs a Honey Bee Best Management Practices compliance agreement to be kept on file with the Department and voluntarily conforms with the Honey Bee Best Management Practices. Provides that a person who keeps bees and who has registered them with the Department is required to report to the Department additional colonies obtained as packaged bees and any honey bee queens imported within 10 days of acquisition. Provides that a person who plans to import bees for the express purpose of pollination service, honey production, or permanent location shall request a permit for entry from the Department at least 10 days prior to the arrival of the bees. Provides that a valid inspection certificate from the state of origin identifying any bee diseases that are affecting the bees and the extent of any bee diseases, if any, shall accompany the request. Provides that if the incident of bee disease is, in the judgment of the Director, that chemical treatment may be successful, the apiary owner shall treat the affected colonies as directed. Defines "Africanized honey bee", "queen", "undeveloped property", and "water supply". Makes other changes.