SB 491
Modifies provisions relating to pesticide certification and training
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LR Number:
2263S.01I
Last Action:
3/22/2021 - SCS Voted Do Pass S Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee (2263S.03C)
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Effective Date:
January 1, 2024

Current Bill Summary

SCS/SB 491 - This act modifies provisions relating to pesticide certification and training.

The act creates and modifies several definitions related to pesticides.

The act repeals a provision allowing the Director of the Department of Agriculture to provide by regulation for the one-time emergency purchase and use of a restricted use pesticide by a private applicator.

The Director may, by regulation, classify licenses, including a license for noncertified restricted use pesticide applicators.

No individual shall engage in the business of supervising the determination of the need for the use of any pesticide on the lands of another without a certified commercial applicator's license issued by the Director.

No certified commercial applicator shall knowingly authorize, direct, or instruct any individual to engage in determining the need for the use of any restricted pesticide on the land of another unless such individual is licensed as a noncertified restricted use pesticide applicator while working under the direct supervision of a certified commercial applicator in which case the certified commercial applicator shall be liable for any use of a restricted use pesticide by an individual operating under the certified commercial applicator's direct supervision.

No certified noncommercial applicator shall knowingly authorize, direct, or instruct any individual to engage in using any restricted use pesticide on lands or structures owned, leased, or rented by the certified noncommercial applicator or the certified noncommercial applicator's employer unless such individual is licensed as a noncertified restricted use pesticide applicator while working under the direct supervision of a certified noncommercial applicator in which case the certified noncommercial applicator shall be liable for any use of a restricted use pesticide by an individual operating under the certified noncommercial applicator's direct supervision.

No pesticide technician shall use or determine the need for the use of any pesticide unless there is a certified commercial applicator, certified in categories as specified by regulation, working from the same physical location as the licensed pesticide technician. A pesticide technician may complete retraining requirements and renew the technician's license without a certified commercial applicator working from the same physical location.

No certified private applicator shall knowingly authorize, direct, or instruct any individual to engage in using any restricted use pesticide on lands or structures owned, leased, or rented by the certified private applicator or the certified applicator's employer unless such individual is licensed as a certified private applicator or a certified provisional applicator.

A private applicator shall qualify for a certified private applicator's license or a certified provisional applicator's license by attending an approved program, completing an approved certification course, or passing a certification examination as listed in the act.

The University of Missouri extension may collect reasonable fees for training and study materials, for attendance of a certification training program, and for an online certification training program. Such fees shall be assessed based on the majority option decision of a review committee convened every 5 years by the Director. The committee shall be composed of members as set forth in the act.

A certified private applicator holding a valid license may renew such license for 5 years upon successful completion of recertification training or by passing the required private applicator certification examination.

On the date of the certified provisional private applicator's 18th birthday, his or her license will automatically be converted to a certified private applicator license reflecting the original expiration date from issuance. A certified provisional private applicator's license shall expire 5 years from date of issuance and may then be renewed as a certified private applicator's license without charge or additional fee.

A provision allowing a private applicator to apply for a permit for the one-time emergency purchase and use of restricted use pesticides is repealed.

No certified public operator shall knowingly authorize, direct, or instruct any individual to engage in using any restricted use pesticide on lands or structures unless such individual is licensed as a noncertified restricted use pesticide applicator while working under the direct supervision of a certified public operator in which case the certified public operator shall be liable for any use of a restricted used pesticide by an individual operating under the certified public operator's direct supervision.

Any person who volunteers to work for a public agency may use general use pesticides without a license under the supervision of the public agency on lands owned or managed by the state agency, political subdivision, or governmental agency.

The act creates provisions relating to the use of restricted pesticides. An application for a noncertified restricted use pesticide applicator's license shall follow requirements as set forth in the act and once licensed, a restricted use pesticide applicator shall use pesticides as set forth in the act, including when under supervision of another individual licensed by the Department of Agriculture.

Each pesticide dealership location or outlet from which restricted use pesticides are distributed, sold, held for sale, or offered for sale at retail or wholesale direct to the end user shall have at least one individual licensed as a pesticide dealer. No individual shall be issued more than one pesticide dealer license. Each mobile salesperson possessing restricted use pesticides for distribution or sale shall be licensed as a pesticide dealer.

Each applicant for a pesticide dealer's license shall pass a pesticide dealer examination provided by the Director.

Licensed certified applicators, licensed noncertified restricted use pesticide applicators, licensed pesticide technicians, and licensed pesticide dealers shall notify the Department within 10 days of any conviction of or plea to any offense listed in the act.

The Director may issue a pesticide applicator certification on a reciprocal basis with other states without examination to a nonresident who is licensed as a certified applicator in accordance with the reciprocating state's requirements and is a resident of the reciprocating state.

The act repeals a provision stating that a nonresident applying for certain pesticide licenses to operate in Missouri shall designate the Secretary of State as the agent of such nonresident upon whom process may be served unless the nonresident has designated a Missouri resident agent.

The act prohibits any person to use or supervise the use of pesticides that are cancelled or suspended. It is unlawful for any person not holding a valid certified applicator license in proper certification categories or a valid pesticide dealer license to purchase or acquire restricted use pesticides. Additionally, it is unlawful for any person to steal or attempt to steal pesticide certification examinations or examination materials, cheat on pesticide certification examinations, evade completion of recertification or retraining requirements, or aid and abet any person in an attempt to steal examinations or examination materials, cheat on examinations, or evade recertification or retraining requirements.

The act shall become effective on January 1, 2024.

This act is substantially similar to HCS/HB 1125 (2021) and similar to SB 1082 (2020) and HB 2532 (2020).

JAMIE ANDREWS

Amendments

No Amendments Found.