Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: The amendment to the marketing order (chapter 16-540 WAC) was approved in a referendum of affected mint producers pursuant to RCW 15.65.170.
Purpose: The Washington state mint commission petitioned the director to amend its marketing order, specifically WAC 16-540-040 Assessments and collections. The amendment increases the annual assessment on all varieties of mint oil subject to the marketing order from five to nine cents per pound of oil as weighed by first purchaser. The increase in assessment was approved by referendum vote of affected producers and will become effective July 1, 2012.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-540-040.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 15.65 and 34.05 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 11-17-138 on August 24, 2011.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: December 30, 2011.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 05-09-013, filed 4/8/05, effective 5/9/05)
WAC 16-540-040 Assessments and collections. (1) Assessments.
(a) The fixed annual assessment on all varieties of mint oil subject to this marketing order shall be five cents per pound of oil as weighed by first purchaser until June 30, 2012. Effective July 1, 2012, the fixed annual assessment shall be nine cents per pound of oil as weighed by first purchaser.
(b) First purchasers shall collect assessments at time of payment for oil, from producers whose production they handle and remit the same to the board in accordance with procedures adopted by the board. Producers and producer-handlers who ship their oil direct to handlers outside of the state of Washington shall remit assessments to the board at time of shipment.
(2) Collections. Any moneys collected or received by the board pursuant to the provisions of this order during or with respect to any season or year may be refunded on a pro rata basis at the close of the season or year or at the close of such longer period as the board determines to be reasonably adapted to effectuate the declared policies of this act and the purposes of the marketing order to all persons from whom moneys were collected or received, or may be carried over into and used with respect to the next succeeding season, year or period whenever the board finds that the same will tend to effectuate the policies and purposes.
(3) Penalties. Any due and payable assessment herein levied in such specified amount as may be determined by the board pursuant to the provisions of the act and this order, shall constitute a personal debt of every person so assessed or who otherwise owes the same, and the same shall be due and payable to the board when payment is called for by it. In the event any person fails to pay the board the full amount of the assessment or such other sum on or before the date due, the board may, and is hereby authorized to add to such unpaid assessment or sum an amount not exceeding ten percent of the unpaid assessment to defray the cost of enforcing the collecting of it. In the event of failure of a person or persons to pay any due and payable assessment or other sum, the board may bring a civil action against the person or persons in a state court of competent jurisdiction for the collection thereof, together with the above specified ten percent, and the action shall be tried and judgment rendered as in any other cause of action for debt due and payable.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.047 and chapter 34.05 RCW. 05-09-013, § 16-540-040, filed 4/8/05, effective 5/9/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.050. 96-03-150 (Order 5091), § 16-540-040, filed 1/24/96, effective 2/24/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.65 RCW. 84-10-046 (Order 1823), § 16-540-040, filed 5/2/84; Order 1406, § 16-540-040, filed 7/23/75; Article IV, §§ A-C, filed 12/20/66, effective 2/1/67.]