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SENATE BILL NO. 1394
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S1394...............................................by AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS
BEEKEEPERS - Amends existing law to provide a $10.00 per year tax on the
registered beekeeper for remittance to the Honey Advertising Fund, and to
delete criminal penalties.
02/04 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/05 Rpt prt - to Agric Aff
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1394
BY AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO TAXATION ON COLONIES OR HIVES OF BEES; AMENDING SECTION 22-2808,
3 IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE A TEN DOLLAR PER YEAR TAX ON THE REGISTERED BEE-
4 KEEPER FOR REMITTANCE TO THE HONEY ADVERTISING FUND AND TO DELETE CRIMINAL
5 PENALTIES; AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Section 22-2808, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
8 amended to read as follows:
9 22-2808. LEVY AND COLLECTION OF TAXES -- CHANGE OF TAX BY REFERENDUM --
10 VIOLATIONS -- PENALTY. (a) There is hereby levied and imposed
11 upon each colony or hive of bees within the state of Idaho
12 registered Idaho beekeeper on July 1 of each year a continuing annual
13 tax of five cents (5[) per hive or colony of bees beginning in the year
14 1970 ten dollars ($10.00) per beekeeper for the purpose of
15 carrying out the provisions of chapter 28, title 22, Idaho Code.
16 (b) The tax may be decreased to not less than three cents (3[) per
17 hive or colony per year or it may be increased to not more than ten cents
18 (10[) per hive or colony per year, if approved by a majority of the beekeepers
19 voting in a referendum held for the purpose of determining whether such levy
20 of the tax shall or shall not be changed. If the levy of the tax is changed,
21 the levy of the tax will continue annually at the changed rate until again
22 changed by another referendum. Any resident of Idaho who is a registered Idaho
23 beekeeper with the department of agriculture may vote at such referendum. Any
24 referendum held for the purpose of changing the levy of such tax shall be held
25 at the annual meeting of the Idaho honey industry association or any successor
26 organization to this group.
27 (c) Notice of the tax provided for in this section shall be mailed
28 no later than June 1 and the tax shall be due and payable on or before July 1
29 of each year, and it shall be collected by the Idaho department of agriculture
30 and shall forthwith be paid over by the Idaho department of agriculture to the
31 Idaho honey advertising fund.
32 (d) Said tax shall be a lien upon all apicultural products, equip-
33 ment, bees and property of the person owning or controlling such bees and
34 shall be prior to all other liens or encumbrances except liens which are
35 declared prior by operation of the statutes of this state.
36 (e) The Idaho honey advertising commission may promulgate the nec-
37 essary rules and forms to implement and carry out this section.
38 (f) Any person who shall violate the provisions of this section or
39 the rules
2 SECTION 2. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby
3 declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its
4 passage and approval.
and regulations promulgated under it shall be guilty of
40 a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not
41 more than three hundred dollars ($300) or imprisonment for a period not to
42 exceed ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment, and all fines
43 collected for violation of this section shall be paid into the Idaho honey
1 advertising fund.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This RS changes the way the Honey Advertising Commission is funded. Currently the commission
is funded through a 5 cent per bee colony tax. This legislation would change the tax to $10 per
beekeeper. All revenues are used for advertising and promotion to increase the consumption of
The Department of Agriculture collects the dedicated Honey Advertising Commission tax on
behalf of the Commission. Currently there are 81,571 bee colonies and 71 registered beekeepers.
Current revenues are about $4,100 per year. Upon enactment of the lower tax, the commission
anticipates additional registrations. If registrations double, this legislation reduces revenues from
$4,100 per year to $1,400 per year or a decrease of about $2,700.
Senator Atwell Parry
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE