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Senate Bill 0123

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF SB123 (Updated February 19, 2008 2:23 pm - DI 84)

Agriculture matters. Authorizes the state board of animal health to provide voluntary grading and certification relating to meat and meat products. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally forges a grade or certification commits a Class D felony. Makes changes to the commercial fertilizer law, including changing the definition of "blending" for fertilizers and adding a definition of "ammonium nitrate". Makes it a Class A misdemeanor to knowingly or intentionally violate the commercial fertilizer law. Changes the membership of the fertilizer advisory board. Amends certain definitions concerning pesticide laws. Removes the specific volume requirement for exempted bulk pesticide containers. Removes certain pesticides from the list of restricted pesticides. Requires pesticide product applicants to comply with the pesticide product laws. Allows the state chemist to deny a pesticide product registration. Amends a pesticide product applicant's and registrant's right to a review of a state chemist's action. Changes the membership of the pesticide review board (board). Allows the members to continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualified. Provides that the board's travel reimbursement must meet Purdue University's travel policies. Allows the state chemist to have access to production records of pesticide products. Provides that the state chemist may refer violations to the prosecuting attorney. (Current law requires referral.) Amends the definition of "property" under pesticide use and application laws to include vehicles. Includes diagnostic inspections and determining infestations of wood destroying pests as qualifications to obtain a pesticide business license. Adds technician registrations to the licenses that are invalid if the business does not maintain financial responsibility. Prohibits: (1) verbal misrepresentations concerning the effect of pesticides; (2) using known ineffective amounts of pesticides; (3) refusing to supply the state chemist information during an investigation or inspection; (4) intentionally altering a license; (5) failing to provide proof of financial responsibility; and (6) impeding duties of the state chemist. Provides that assaulting the state chemist or the chemist's agent while performing their duties is a Class A misdemeanor. Allows the state chemist to specify the time period certain pesticide records must be kept. Removes the 60 day time limit to file a claim from a pesticide accident and seven day notification of licensee's after a accident claim is filed. Requires the board of animal health to review, study, and make recommendations to the legislative council about claims made about milk, milk products, meat, and poultry marketed to the general public. Makes technical and conforming changes.
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