Title of Rule: Turfgrass Seed Commission, chapter 16-545 WAC.
Purpose: This rule-making proposal makes amendments to sections within the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission's marketing order, chapter 16-545 WAC, to reflect recent statutory changes, while improving readability and clarity.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 15.65.047 and chapter 34.05 RCW.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 15.65 RCW.
Summary: During the past three legislative sessions, significant amendments were made to the commission's enabling statute, chapter 15.65 RCW. These statutory changes prompted proposed amendments to chapter 16-545 WAC. Proposed amendments expand the commission's policy and purpose statements, update the definitions, update the commission member selection process, add additional power and duties to benefit the industry, update meeting and administrative procedures, and expand the commission's information and education role. These amendments achieve consistency with the statute, as well as, improve the readability and clarity of the marketing order.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Lynn Briscoe, Olympia, Washington, (360) 902-2043; Implementation and Enforcement: Dan Ollero, Kennewick, Washington, (509) 783-4676.
Name of Proponent: Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission, governmental.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This rule-making proposal makes amendments to sections within the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission's marketing order, chapter 16-545 WAC. During the past three legislative sessions, significant amendments were made to the commission's enabling statute, chapter 15.65 RCW. These statutory changes prompted proposed amendments to chapter 16-545 WAC to achieve consistency with the statute, as well as, improve the readability and clarity of the marketing order. See Summary above. The following are the proposed amendments: New sections WAC 16-545-005 Marketing order for Washington turfgrass seed--Policy statement and 16-545-006 Marketing order purposes; amending WAC 16-545-010 Definitions and 16-545-020 Turfgrass seed board; and repealing WAC 16-545-030 Marketing order purposes.
Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See above.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. In accordance with RCW 15.65.570, the adoption of the final amendments to chapter 16.545 WAC will be determined by a referendum vote of the affected parties.
RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Washington State Department of Agriculture is not a named agency, therefore, exempt from this provision.
Hearing Location: Washington Turfgrass Commission Administration Office, 3180 West Clearwater Avenue, Suite E, Kennewick, WA 99336, on June 4, 2004, at 11:00 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Virginia Walsh at (360) 902-1976, by May 28, 2004, TDD (360) 902-1996.
Submit Written Comments to: Lynn Briscoe, Commodity Commission Coordinator, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, fax (360) 902-2092, e-mail email@example.com, by June 7, 2004, 5:00 p.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: October 25, 2004.
April 19, 2004
William E. Brookreson
WAC 16-545-005 Marketing order for Washington turfgrass seed -- Policy statement. (1) The production of turfgrass seed within this state is in the public interest. It is vital to the continued economic well-being of the citizens of this state and their general welfare that its turfgrass seed be properly promoted by:
(a) Enabling producers of turfgrass seed to help themselves in establishing orderly, fair, sound, efficient, and unhampered grading and standardizing of the turfgrass seed they produce; and
(b) Working towards stabilizing the agricultural industry by sustaining production of turfgrass seed within the state, the nation, and internationally.
(2) It is in the overriding public interest that support for the turfgrass seed industry be clearly expressed, that adequate protection be given to the industry and its activities and operations, and that turfgrass seed be promoted individually and as part of a comprehensive agricultural industry to:
(a) Enhance the reputation and image of Washington state's turfgrass seed.
(b) Protect the public by educating the public in reference to the quality, care, and methods used in the production of Washington state's turfgrass seed.
(c) Support and engage in programs or activities that benefit the planting, production, and harvesting of turfgrass seed produced in Washington state.
(d) Support and engage in programs or activities that benefit the use of turfgrass seed by-products in Washington state.
(3) The director is authorized to implement, administer, and enforce chapter 15.65 RCW through the adoption of this marketing order.
(4) The Washington state turfgrass seed commodity board exists primarily for the benefit of the people of the state of Washington and its economy, and with oversight by the director, the board is authorized to speak on behalf of Washington state government with regard to turfgrass seed under the provisions of this marketing order.
To execute the purposes of the order, the board shall provide for a program in one or more of the following areas:
(1) Provide for research in the production, processing, irrigation, transportation, handling, or distribution of turfgrass seed and expend the necessary funds for the purposes. Insofar as practicable, the research must be carried out by experiment stations of Washington State University, but if in the judgment of the board that the experiment stations do not have adequate facilities for a particular project or if some other research agency has better facilities therefore, the project may be carried out by other research agencies selected by the board.
(2) Provide for collection and dissemination of information pertaining to turfgrass seed and turfgrass seed by-products.
(3) Establish and conduct programs to develop markets for turfgrass seed by-products.
(4) Under no circumstances are any sections of this marketing order to be construed as authorizing or permitting any programs pertaining to marketing or promotion of turfgrass seed.
(1) "Director" means the director of agriculture of the state of Washington or the director's duly appointed representative.
(2) "Department" means the department of agriculture of the state of Washington.
(3) "Act" means the Washington State Agriculture
Enabling Act of 1961)) Commodity Boards Act or chapter 15.65 RCW.
(4) "Person" means any ((
person)) individual, firm,
(( association or)) corporation, limited liability company,
trust, association, partnership, society, or any other
organization of individuals or any unit or agency of local or
(5) "Affected producer" means any person who produces, or causes to be produced, in commercial quantities, turfgrass seed in the state of Washington.
(6) "Commercial quantity" means all the turfgrass seed produced for sale in any calendar year by any producer.
(7) "Affected handler" means any person who acts as principal or agent or otherwise in processing, selling, marketing or distributing turfgrass seed not produced by the handler and shall include any lending agencies for a commodity credit corporation loan to producers. "Handler" does not include a common carrier used to transport an agricultural commodity. "To handle" means to act as a handler.
(8) "Turfgrass seed commodity board" referred to as "board" or "commission" means the turfgrass seed commodity board formed under WAC 16-545-020.
(9) "Turfgrass seed" means Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, hard fescue, slender fescue, and creeping red fescue. Forage fescue and reclamation grass seed are excluded from this order.
(10) "Turfgrass seed by-products" means turfgrass seed straw and screenings.
(11) "Marketing season" or "fiscal year" means the twelve-month period beginning on June 1 of any year and ending with the last day of May, both dates being inclusive.
(12) "Producer-handler" is both a "producer" and a "handler" with respect to turfgrass seed and is covered by this order as a producer when engaged in the business of producing turfgrass seed or a handler when engaged in processing, selling, marketing or distributing turfgrass seed. "To produce" means to act as a producer. For the purposes of the turfgrass seed marketing order, "producer" shall include bailees who contract to produce or grow any agricultural product on behalf of a bailor who retains title to the turfgrass seed and its resulting agricultural product or the agricultural product delivered for further production or increase.
(13) "Affected area" or "production area" means that portion of the state of Washington located east of the summit of the Cascade Mountains.
(14) "Sell" includes offer for sale, expose for sale, and have in possession for sale, exchange, barter or trade.
(15) "Affected unit" means one pound net pay weight of turfgrass seed.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.050. 99-02-064, § 16-545-010, filed 1/6/99, effective 2/6/99.]
(2) Board membership.
(a) The board consists of seven members. Five members
are affected producers appointed or elected under provisions
of this order. One member is an affected handler appointed by
the appointed or elected producers. The director appoints one
member of the board who is neither an affected producer nor an
affected handler to represent the ((
department and the
public)) director. The position representing the director
shall be a voting member.
(b) Each district has one board member.
(i) Positions one through four represent each of the numbered districts.
(ii) Position five represents the district with the highest reported value of production of turfgrass seed the previous three years.
(iii) Position six is a handler appointed by the
appointed or elected producer((
s)) members of the board.
(iv) Position seven is the member ((
representing the director.
(3) Board membership qualifications.
(a) The ((
affected)) producer members of the board must
be practical producers of turfgrass seed in the district in
and for which they are nominated (( and)), appointed, or
elected and (( must)) each shall be a citizen(( s)) and
resident(( s)) of the state (( of Washington)), over the age of
(( twenty-five)) eighteen years(( , each of whom is and has)).
Each producer board member must be and have been actually
engaged in producing turfgrass seed within the state of
Washington for a period of three years and has during that
time derived a substantial portion of his or her income
therefrom and who is not engaged in business as a handler or
(b) The ((
affected)) handler member of the board must be
a practical handler of turfgrass seed and must be a citizen
and resident of the state (( of Washington)), over the age of
(( twenty-five)) eighteen years (( and who is and has)). Each
handler board member must be and have been, either
individually or as an officer or an employee of a corporation,
firm, partnership, association or cooperative actually engaged
in handling turfgrass seed within the state of Washington for
a period of five years and has during that period derived a
substantial portion of his or her income therefrom.
(c) The qualifications of members of the board must continue during their term of office.
(4) Term of office.
(a) The term of office for members of the board is three years. One-third of the membership as nearly as possible must be appointed or elected each year.
(b) Membership positions on the board are designated
numerically; affected producers will have positions one
through five, the affected handler will have position six and
the member ((
appointed by)) representing the director will
have position seven.
(c) The term of office for the initial board members must be as follows:
Positions one and three - three years, ending on January 31, 2002.
Positions two and five - two years, ending on January 31, 2001.
Positions four and six - one year, ending on January 31, 2000.
(d) Except for the director's representative, no member of the board can serve more than two full consecutive three-year terms.
(e) To accomplish the transition to a commodity board structure where the director appoints a majority of the board members, the names of the currently elected board members in positions 1, 4, and 5 shall be forwarded to the director for appointment within thirty days of the effective date of this amended marketing order.
(5) Nomination ((
and election)) of elected or
director-appointed board members.
(a) Each year the director shall call ((
nomination meeting(( s)) for elected and/or director-appointed
producer board members in those districts whose board members
term is about to expire. The meeting(s) must be held at least
thirty days in advance of the date set by the director for the
election or advisory vote of board members.
(b) Notice of ((
every)) a nomination meeting must be
published in a newspaper of general circulation within the
affected district at least ten days in advance of the date of
the meeting and in addition, written notice of every meeting
must be given to all affected producers within the affected
district according to the list maintained by the (( director
under RCW 15.65.200 of the act)) board pursuant to RCW 15.65.295.
(c) Nonreceipt of notice by any interested person will not invalidate the proceedings at the nomination meeting.
(d) Any qualified affected producer may be nominated
orally for membership on the board at the nomination meetings.
Nominations may also be made within five days after the
meeting by written petition filed with the director, signed by
at least five affected producers. ((
At the inception of this
order, nominations may be made at the issuance hearing.
(b))) (e) When only one nominee is nominated by the affected producers for an elected and/or director-appointed position, RCW 15.65.250 shall apply.
(f) If the board moves and the director approves that the
nomination meeting procedure be deleted, the director shall
give notice of the ((
vacancy)) open board position(s) by mail
to all affected producers. Nominating petitions for producers
must be signed by at least five affected producers of the
district from which the candidate will be appointed or
elected. The final date for filing nominations must be at
least twenty days after the notice was mailed.
(6) Election or advisory vote of board members.
Members of the board must be elected by secret mail
ballot within the month of January)) An election or advisory
vote shall be conducted by secret ballot under the supervision
of the director within the month of January. Each affected
producer shall be entitled to one vote. (( Affected producer))
(b) Elected members of the board must be elected by a
majority of the votes cast by the affected producers within
the affected district. ((
Each affected producer is entitled
to one vote.
(b))) If a nominee does not receive a majority of the votes on the first ballot a runoff election must be held by mail in a similar manner between the two candidates for the position receiving the largest number of votes.
(c) An advisory vote shall be conducted for producer board members appointed by the director under the provision of RCW 15.65.243. The names of the two candidates receiving the most votes in the advisory vote shall be forwarded to the director for potential appointment to the board. In the event there are only two candidates nominated for a board position, and advisory vote may not be held and the candidates' names shall be forwarded to the director for potential appointment.
(d) Notice of every election or advisory vote for board
membership must be published in a newspaper of general
circulation within the affected district at least ten days in
advance of the date of the election or advisory vote. At
least ten days before every election or advisory vote for
board membership, the director shall mail a ballot of the
candidates to each affected producer entitled to vote whose
name appears upon the list of the affected producers
maintained by the ((
director in accordance with RCW 15.65.200
of the act)) board pursuant to RCW 15.65.295. Any other
affected producer entitled to vote may obtain a ballot by
application to the director upon establishing their
(e) Nonreceipt of a ballot by an affected producer will not invalidate the election or advisory vote of any board member.
(d) The appointed handler member of the initial board
shall be elected by a majority of the elected members at the
Removal of board members. A board member may be
removed by a vote of the board if that member fails to attend
any three consecutive meetings of the board, duly noticed.
(8))) Vacancies ((
prior to election)).
(a) In the event of a vacancy on the board in an elected or commission-appointed position, the remaining members shall select a qualified person to fill the unexpired term. The appointment shall be made at the board's first or second meeting after the position becomes vacant.
(b) In the event of a vacancy in a director-appointed position, the position shall be filled as specified in RCW 15.65.270.
(9))) (8) Quorum. A majority of the members is a
quorum for the transaction of all business and to execute the
duties of the board.
(10))) (9) Board compensation. No member of the board
will receive any salary or other compensation, but each member
may be compensated for each day in actual attendance at or
traveling to and from meetings of the board or on special
assignment for the board, in accordance with RCW 43.03.230
together with travel expenses in accordance with RCW 43.03.050
and 43.03.060. The board may adopt by resolution provisions
for reimbursement of actual travel expenses incurred by
members and employees of the board in carrying out the
provisions of this marketing order pursuant to RCW 15.65.270.
(11))) (10) Powers and duties of the board. The board
shall have the following powers and duties:
(a) To administer, enforce and control the provisions of this order as the designee of the director.
(b) To elect a chairman and other officers as the board deems advisable.
(c) To employ and discharge at its discretion the personnel, including attorneys engaged in the private practice of law subject to the approval and supervision of the attorney general, as the board determines are necessary and proper to execute the purpose of the order and effectuate the declared policies of the act.
(d) To pay only from moneys collected as assessments or advances thereon the costs arising in connection with the formulation, issuance, administration and enforcement of the order. The expenses and costs may be paid by check; draft or voucher in the form and the manner and upon the signature of the person as the board may prescribe.
(e) To reimburse any applicant who has deposited money with the director to defray the costs of formulating the order.
(f) To establish a "turfgrass seed board marketing revolving fund" and to deposit the fund in a bank or banks or financial institution or institutions, approved for the deposit of state funds, in which all money received by the board, except as the amount of petty cash for each day's needs, not to exceed one hundred dollars, shall be deposited each day or as often during the day as advisable.
(g) To keep or cause to be kept in accordance with accepted standards of good accounting practice accurate records of all assessments, collections, receipts, deposits, withdrawals, disbursements, paid outs, moneys and other financial transactions made and done under this order. The records, books and accounts must be audited at least once every five years subject to procedures and methods lawfully prescribed by the state auditor. The books and accounts must be closed as of the last day of each fiscal year of the commission. A copy of the audit shall be delivered within thirty days after completion to the governor, the director, the state auditor and the board.
(h) To require a bond of all board members and employees of the board in a position of trust in the amount the board may deem necessary. The board must pay the premium for the bond or bonds from assessments collected. The bond may not be necessary if any blanket bond covering officials or employees of the state of Washington covers any board member or employee.
(i) To prepare a budget or budgets covering anticipated income and expenses to be incurred in carrying out the provisions of the order during each fiscal year. The board, at least sixty days prior to the beginning of its fiscal year, shall prepare and submit to the director for approval its research plan, its commodity-related education and training plan, and its budget.
(j) To establish by resolution a headquarters, which shall continue unless, changed by the board. All records, books and minutes of board meetings must be kept at the headquarters.
(k) To adopt rules of a technical or administrative nature for the operation of the board, under chapter 34.05 RCW (Administrative Procedure Act).
(l) To execute RCW 15.65.510 covering the obtaining of information necessary to effectuate the order and the act, along with the necessary authority and procedure for obtaining the information.
(m) To bring actions or proceedings upon joining the director as a party for specific performance, restraint, injunction or mandatory injunction against any person who violates or refuses to perform the obligations or duties imposed by the act or order.
(n) To confer with and cooperate with the legally constituted authorities of other states and of the United States to obtaining uniformity in the administration of federal and state marketing regulations, licenses, agreements or orders.
(o) To execute any other grant of authority or duty provided designees and not specifically set forth in this section.
(p) To sue or be sued.
(12))) (q) To work cooperatively with other local,
state, and federal agencies; universities; and national
organizations for the purposes provided in this order.
(r) To enter into contracts or interagency agreements with any private or public agency, whether federal, state, or local. Personal service contracts must comply with chapter 39.29 RCW.
(s) To accept and expend or retain any gifts, bequests, contributions, or grants from private persons or private and public agencies.
(t) To enter into contracts or agreements for research in the production, irrigation, and transportation of turfgrass seed.
(u) To retain in emergent situations the services of private legal counsel to conduct legal actions on behalf of the commission. The retention of a private attorney is subject to review by the office of attorney general.
(v) To engage in appropriate fund-raising activities for the purpose of supporting activities authorized by this order.
(w) To participate in international, federal, state, and local hearings, meetings, and other proceedings relating to the production, irrigation, manufacture, regulation, and transportation of turfgrass seed including activities authorized under RCW 42.17.190, including the reporting of those activities to the public disclosure commission.
(x) To maintain a list of the names and addresses of affected producers that may be compiled from information used to collect assessments under the provisions of this marketing order and data on the value of each producer's production for a minimum three-year period pursuant to RCW 15.65.280.
(y) To maintain a list of the names and addresses of persons who handle turfgrass seed within the affected area and data on the amount and value of the turfgrass seed handled for a minimum three-year period by each person pursuant to RCW 15.65.280.
(z) To maintain a list of names and addresses of all affected persons who produce turfgrass seed and the amount, by unit, of turfgrass seed produced during the past three years pursuant to RCW 15.65.295.
(aa) To maintain a list of all persons who handle turfgrass seed and the amount of turfgrass seed handled by each person during the past three years pursuant to RCW 15.65.295.
(bb) To establish a foundation using commission funds as grant money for the purposes established in this marketing order.
(11) Procedures for board.
(a) The board shall hold regular meetings, at least quarterly, with the time and date fixed by resolution of the board and held in accordance with chapter 42.30 RCW (Open Public Meetings Act). Notice of the time and place of regular meetings shall be published on or before January of each year in the Washington State Register. Notice of any change to the meeting schedule shall be published in the state register at least twenty days prior to the rescheduled meeting date.
(b) The board shall hold an annual meeting, at which time an annual report will be presented. The proposed budget must be presented for discussion at the meeting. Notice of the annual meeting must be filed in accordance with chapter 42.30 RCW (Open Public Meetings Act). Notice of the annual meeting must be given at least ten days prior to the meeting by written notice to each producer and by notifying the regular news media.
(c) The board shall establish by resolution the time, place, and manner of calling special meetings of the board with twenty-four hours written notice to the members. A board member may waive in writing his or her notice of any special meeting. Notice for special meetings shall be in compliance with chapter 42.30 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.050. 99-02-064, § 16-545-020, filed 1/6/99, effective 2/6/99.]
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
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