HB 662 Allows the Department of Agriculture to assess civil penalties for the use of a herbicide for a crop for which the herbicide was not labeled for use
Sponsor: Munzlinger
LR Number: 0071S.08T Fiscal Notes
Committee: Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources
Last Action: 3/30/2017 - Signed by Governor Journal Page: H1289-1290
Title: SCS HCS HB 662 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: Emergency Clause
House Handler: Rone

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Current Bill Summary


SCS/HCS/HB 662 - This act allows the Department of Agriculture, if it determines that any person has knowingly used a herbicide for a crop for which the herbicide was not labeled for use, to assess a civil penalty of not more than $10,000. If such person is a chronic violator, the Department may assess a civil penalty of up to $25,000 per violation.

During an active complaint investigation, the Department may subpoena witnesses and compel the production of certain records relating to a person's application of any herbicide. If the person refuses to submit such records, the Department may assess a civil penalty of up to $5,000.

Any person who is penalized shall be liable to the Department for any reasonable costs associated with the Department's investigation. Any penalty collected shall be remitted to the school district in which the violation occurred. This act also allows the Department to deny, suspend, revoke, or modify the provisions of any license, permit, or certification issued under the Missouri Pesticide Use Act if such license holder has violated the provisions of this act.

This act contains an emergency clause.

KAYLA HAHN