CERTIFICATION OF ENROLLMENT
HOUSE BILL 2289
2002 Regular Session
Passed by the House February 16, 2002
Yeas 98 Nays 0
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 8, 2002
Yeas 48 Nays 0
I, Cynthia Zehnder, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is HOUSE BILL 2289 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
President of the Senate
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
HOUSE BILL 2289
Passed Legislature - 2002 Regular Session
State of Washington 57th Legislature 2002 Regular Session
By Representatives Linville and Schoesler; by request of Department of Agriculture
Read first time 01/14/2002. Referred to Committee on Agriculture & Ecology.
AN ACT Relating to assessments for planting stock certification and nursery improvement programs; amending RCW 15.13.310, 15.13.370, and 15.13.470; and adding a new section to chapter 15.13 RCW.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. RCW 15.13.310 and 2000 c 144 s 10 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) An annual
assessment shall be levied on the gross sale price of the wholesale market
value for all ((
fruit trees, fruit tree related ornamental trees, and fruit
tree rootstock produced in Washington, and sold within the state or shipped
from the state by any licensed nursery dealer during any license period. Fruit
tree related ornamental nursery stock shall be limited to the genera,
Chaenomeles, Cydonia, Crataegus, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus, and Sorbus)) horticultural
plants of the genera Chaenomeles, Cydonia, Crataegus, Malus, Prunus, Pyrus,
Sorbus, and Vitis produced in Washington, and sold within the state or shipped
from the state by any licensed nursery dealer during any license period.
This annual assessment is based on the first sale price of such nursery stock
except for rootstocks which are replanted and/or grafted or budded and planted
for growing-on in the nursery. The director shall by rule determine the rate
of an assessment needed to carry out the grapevine and fruit tree
certification and nursery improvement programs set forth in RCW 15.13.470 and
chapter 15.14 RCW.
The wholesale market
price may be determined by the wholesale catalogue price of the seller of the
fruit trees, fruit tree related ornamentals, or fruit tree rootstock))
horticultural plants assessed under this section or of the shipper
moving such nursery stock out of the state. If the seller or shipper does not
have a catalogue, then the wholesale market price may be based on the actual
selling price or an average wholesale market price. The director in
determining the average wholesale market price may use catalogues of various
businesses licensed under the provisions of this chapter or any other
(2) The assessment is due and payable on the first day of July of each year.
(3) The gross sale period shall be from July 1 to June 30 of the previous year.
(4) The department may audit the records of licensees during normal business hours to determine that the appropriate assessment has been paid.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 15.13 RCW to read as follows:
An advisory committee is established to advise the director in the administration of the grapevine certification and nursery improvement program.
(1) The committee consists of two grapevine nursery dealers; three grape growers, at least two of whom grow wine grapes; one winery representative; a university researcher; and the director.
(2) When appointing this committee, the director shall consider names submitted by the Washington association of wine grape growers and the Washington state grape society.
(3) The terms of the members of the committee shall be staggered and the members shall serve a term of three years and until their successor has been appointed.
Sec. 3. RCW 15.13.370 and 2000 c 144 s 15 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Any person licensed under the provisions of this chapter may request the services of a department inspector at the licensee's place of business or point of shipment during the shipping season. Subsequent to inspection the inspector shall issue to the licensee a certificate of inspection signed by the inspector covering any horticultural plants which the inspector finds to be in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
(2) Any person financially interested in any horticultural plants may request inspection and/or certification services provided for horticultural plants under this chapter.
(3) To facilitate the
movement)) marketing of agricultural commodities and other
plant products, the director may provide, if requested, special inspections
or certifications not otherwise authorized under this chapter and shall
prescribe a fee for that service.
Sec. 4. RCW 15.13.470 and 2000 c 144 s 28 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) Except as provided in RCW 15.13.285 and in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, all moneys collected under this chapter shall be paid to the director, deposited in an account within the agricultural local fund, and used solely for carrying out this chapter. No appropriation is required for the disbursement of moneys from the account by the director.
(2) All fees collected
for fruit tree, fruit tree related ornamental tree, and fruit tree
rootstock assessments as set forth in this chapter)) under RCW 15.13.310
shall be deposited in the planting stock certification account within the
agricultural local fund to be used only for the Washington grapevine and
fruit tree (( and fruit tree related ornamental tree)) certification and
nursery improvement programs as set forth in this chapter and chapter 15.14
(3) All moneys collected for civil penalties under this chapter shall be deposited in the nursery research account within the agricultural local fund.
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