Chief Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy

Senate Sponsor: David P. Hinkins


8     General Description:
9          This bill modifies the Utah Agricultural Code.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     states that the county bee inspector or the Department of Agriculture and Food may
13     inspect an apiary within a county;
14          ▸     states that the Department of Agriculture and Food may make rules to control and
15     eradicate certain infectious diseases in livestock;
16          ▸     establishes fines;
17          ▸     repeals language; and
18          ▸     makes technical changes.
19     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20          None
21     Other Special Clauses:
22          None
23     Utah Code Sections Affected:
24     AMENDS:
25          4-11-7, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 73
26          4-23-8, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 73 and 378
27          4-31-109, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 331

28     ENACTS:
29          4-31-109.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
30     REPEALS:
31          4-23-9, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1994, Chapter 98

33     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

34          Section 1. Section 4-11-7 is amended to read:
35          4-11-7. Inspector -- Duties -- Diseased apiaries -- Examination of diseased bees by
36     department -- Election to transport bees to wax-salvage plant.
37          (1) The county bee inspector or the department [shall] may inspect all apiaries within
38     the county at least once each year and, also, inspect immediately any apiary within the county
39     that is alleged in a written complaint to be severely diseased, parasitized, or abandoned.
40          (2) If, upon inspection, the inspector determines that an apiary is diseased or
41     parasitized, the inspector shall take the following action based on the severity of the disease or
42     parasite present:
43          (a) prescribe the course of treatment that the owner or caretaker of the bees shall follow
44     to eliminate the disease or parasite;
45          (b) personally, for the purpose of treatment approved by the department, take control of
46     the afflicted bees, hives, combs, broods, honey, and equipment; or
47          (c) destroy the afflicted bees and, if necessary, their hives, combs, broods, honey, and
48     all appliances that may have become infected.
49          (3) If, upon reinspection, the inspector determines that the responsible party has not
50     executed the course of treatment prescribed by Subsection (2), the inspector may take
51     immediate possession of the afflicted colony for control or destruction in accordance with
52     Subsection (2)(b) or (c).
53          (4) (a) The owner of an apiary who is dissatisfied with the diagnosis or course of action
54     proposed by an inspector under this section may, at the owner's expense, have the department
55     examine the alleged diseased bees.
56          (b) The decision of the commissioner with respect to the condition of bees at the time
57     of the examination is final and conclusive upon the owner and the inspector involved.

58          (5) The owner of a diseased apiary, notwithstanding the provisions of Subsections (2),
59     (3), and (4), may elect under the direction of the county bee inspector to kill the diseased bees,
60     seal their hives, and transport them to a licensed wax-salvage plant.
61          Section 2. Section 4-23-8 is amended to read:
62          4-23-8. Proceeds of sheep fee -- Refund of sheep fees -- Annual audit of books,
63     records, and accounts.
64          (1) (a) Subject to the other provisions of this Subsection (1), the commissioner may
65     spend an amount each year from the proceeds collected from the fee imposed on sheep for the
66     promotion, advancement, and protection of the sheep interests of the state.
67          (b) The amount described in Subsection (1)(a) shall be the equivalent to an amount
68     that:
69          (i) equals or exceeds 18 cents per head; and
70          (ii) equals or is less than 25 cents per head.
71          (c) The commissioner shall set the amount described in Subsection (1)(a):
72          (i) on or before January 1 of each year; and
73          (ii) in consultation with one or more statewide organizations that represent persons
74     who grow wool.
75          [(d) All costs to promote or advance sheep interests shall be deducted from the total
76     revenue collected before calculating the annual budget request, which shall be made by the
77     Division of Wildlife Resources as specified in Section 4-23-9.]
78          [(e)] (d) A sheep fee is refundable in an amount equal to that part of the fee used to
79     promote, advance, or protect sheep interests.
80          [(f)] (e) A refund claim shall be filed with the department on or before January 1 of the
81     year immediately succeeding the year for which the fee was paid.
82          [(g)] (f) A refund claim shall be certified by the department to the state treasurer for
83     payment from the Agricultural and Wildlife Damage Prevention Account created in Section
84     4-23-7.5.
85          (2) Any expense incurred by the department in administering refunds shall be paid
86     from funds allocated for the promotion, advancement, and protection of the sheep interests of
87     the state.
88          (3) (a) The books, records, and accounts of the Utah Woolgrowers Association, or any

89     other organization which receives funds from the agricultural and wildlife damage prevention
90     account, for the purpose of promoting, advancing, or protecting the sheep interests of the state,
91     shall be audited at least once annually by a licensed accountant.
92          (b) The results of this audit shall be submitted to the commissioner.
93          Section 3. Section 4-31-109 is amended to read:
94          4-31-109. Department authorized to make and enforce rules concerning
95     brucellosis, trichomoniasis, and tuberculosis in livestock.
96          (1) The department may:
97          (a) make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
98     Rulemaking Act, to control and eradicate brucellosis, porcine picornavirus, scabies,
99     trichomoniasis, [and] tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases in livestock; and
100          (b) enforce the rules described in Subsection (1)(a).
101          (2) The department shall, in making the rules described in Subsection (1)(a), protect
102     against negative impact on the interstate or intrastate commerce of livestock that is transferred,
103     sold, or exhibited.
104          Section 4. Section 4-31-109.1 is enacted to read:
105          4-31-109.1. Trichomoniasis fines.
106          (1) A person who knowingly sells an animal infected with trichomoniasis, other than to
107     slaughter, without declaring the disease status of the animal shall be subject to citation and
108     fines as prescribed by the department or may be called to appear before an administrative
109     proceeding by the department, as established by rule in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3,
110     Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, and Section 4-31-109.
111          (2) After April 30 of each calendar year, an owner of a bull that has not been tested for
112     trichomoniasis shall be fined $1,000 per violation.
113          (3) An owner of a bull that has not been tested for trichomoniasis and that has been
114     exposed to female cattle shall be fined $1,000 per violation regardless of the time of year.
115          Section 5. Repealer.
116          This bill repeals:
117          Section 4-23-9, Annual budget requests -- Relation to amount of fees and
118     supplemental contributions deposited in Agricultural and Wildlife Damage Prevention
119     Account -- Commissioner to certify amount deposited.

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