SB 12
Modifies provisions relating to agriculture
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Last Action:
4/10/2015 - Signed by Governor
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2015
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Current Bill Summary

HCS/SS/SCS/SB 12 - This act modifies provisions relating to agriculture.

URBAN AGRICULTURAL ZONES (Section 262.900) - The act adds a definition for "mobile unit" and modifies the definition of "processing UAZ" to include produce. Under this act, any local sales tax revenues received from the sale of agricultural products sold by a mobile unit associated with a vending UAZ shall also be deposited into the Urban Agricultural Zone Fund. Fund moneys shall be split evenly between school districts providing certain curriculum and municipalities for UAZ improvements. Municipalities allocation of fund moneys shall be based upon the municipality's percentage of local sales tax revenues deposited into the fund.

This provision is substantially similar to SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014) and SS/SCS/SB 850 (2014).

BEEF COMMODITY MERCHANDISING PROGRAM (Section 275.352) - Currently, state fees are not allowed to be collected by the beef commodity merchandising program in excess of a commensurate amount credited against a federal assessment of beef producers. This act establishes a referendum procedure for the beef commodity council to follow in order to collect state fees, which includes submitting a petition to the Director of the Department of Agriculture. Once the Director receives the petition, the Director shall perform certain tasks including determining the legal sufficiency of the petition, establishing a list of beef producers, holding a public hearing, publishing a notice to beef producers, providing forms for beef producers to register with the Department, approving or disapproving the petition, and holding a referendum. No referendum to change the amount of the fee may be held within 12 months of a referendum conducted for a similar purpose. Fees collected shall be remitted to the Missouri Beef Industry Council.

This provision is identical to HCS/HB 141 (2015), and is similar to HB 146 (2015), SB 138 (2015), SB 208 (2015), SB 591 (2014), HB 1496 (2014), SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), HCS/SB 506 (2014), and HCS/HB 1640 (2014).

MISSOURI LIVESTOCK MARKETING LAW (Section 277.040) - This act requires that all license fees collected by the Department of Agriculture under the Missouri Livestock Marketing Law not yield revenue greater than the costs of administering the Missouri Livestock Marketing Law during the ensuing year.

This provision is identical to HB 146 (2015), SB 137 (2015), SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), HB 1640 (2014), HCS/SB 506 (2014), and HCS/SB 591 (2014).

CERTIFIED COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATORS (Section 281.065) - Currently, a certified commercial pesticide applicator must furnish evidence of financial responsibility with the Director of the Department of Agriculture in order to receive a license. Currently, the amount of the surety bond or liability insurance required is $25,000 for property damage and bodily injury. Under this act, the amount is modified to $50,000 for each occurrence. Further, the applicator is not required to furnish such evidence for license renewal, unless upon request. If the Director so requests, the applicator shall furnish such evidence within 10 days of receiving the request. The Director shall be notified of cancellation or reduction of financial responsibility for any applicator or employer of the applicator. The applicator or applicator's employer shall also maintain evidence of financial responsibility at their business location. If the financial responsibility furnished becomes unsatisfactory, new financial responsibility instruments shall be immediately executed and maintained at the business location, or the applicator's license may be affected as set forth in this act.

This provision is identical to HB 100 (2015), HB 138 (2015), HB 146 (2015), and SB 132 (2015). This provision is substantially similar to HCS/HB 1952 (2014), SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), HCS/SB 506 (2014), SCS/SB 888 (2014), and HCS/SB 591 (2014).

WEIGHT LIMITATIONS ON VEHICLES HAULING MILK & LIVESTOCK (Section 304.180) - This act adds livestock to the current milk exemption for weight limitations on highways, and applies such exemption to all highways with the exception of Interstates. This act also allows weight limitations to be exceeded by as much as 10% on highways for hauling grain and grain co-products during harvest.

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/HB 388 (2015) and SCS/SB 131 (2015). This provision is similar to HCS/HB 388 (2015), HB 146 (2015), SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), HCS/SB 506 (2014), HB 1214 (2014), HCS/HBs 1235 & 1214 (2014), HCS/HB 1640 (2014), and SCS/HCS/HB 1937 (2014).

FUEL LABELING (Section 414.300) - This act requires the Department of Agriculture to promulgate rules regarding the labeling of motor fuel pumps.

This provision is similar to HCS/SB 506 (2014) and SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014).

FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF AGRICULTURAL LAND (Sections 442.571) - Currently, no sale of agricultural land shall occur unless approved by the Director of the Department of Agriculture. Instead, this act only requires that the sale of agricultural land be submitted to the Director if there is no completed IRS Form W-9 signed by the purchaser. Further, this act states that no security interest in agricultural land acquired in violation of certain sections shall be divested or invalidated by such violation.

This provision is identical to HB 29 (2015), HB 146 (2015),

SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014) and HCS/SB 506 (2014), and is substantially similar to HB 1918 (2014). This act is similar to HB 260 (2015), HB 698 (2015), and SB 292 (2015).

LIVESTOCK ACTIVITY WAIVER OF LIABILITY (Section 537.325) - Currently, equine activity sponsors and equine professionals are not liable for an injury or death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities. This act extends this waiver of liability to livestock activity sponsors, livestock owners, livestock facilities, livestock auction markets, and any of their employees for any injury or death of a participant resulting from the inherent risks of livestock activities. This waiver of liability does not extend to all circumstances as set forth in this act.

Currently, equine activity sponsors are required to post a warning signs on or near stables, corrals, or arenas where equine activities are conducted. This act extends this warning sign requirement to places where livestock activities are conducted.

This provision is identical to HB 146 (2015), HB 467 (2015), SB 133 (2015), SB 209 (2015), HB 375 (2015), SB 671 (2014), SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), HCS/SB 506 (2014), SCS/HCS/HB 1937 (2014), HCS/SB 591 (2014), and is substantially similar to HB 1209 (2014), HCS/HB 1640 (2014).

This act is similar to HB 146 (2015), SS/SCS/HCS/HB 1326 (2014), and HCS/SB 506 (2014).