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2009 House Bill 2121: Overhaul pesticide regulations, cancel fee reductions
Introduced by Rep. Bob Bethell (R) on January 27, 2009 In his role as committee chair, to make numerous changes to state laws concerning pesticide and fertilizer products sold in Kansas, such as their labeling, special registration, permitted uses, effectiveness claims, and other regulatory matters, while also proposing to cancel the scheduled 2010 reduction of related penalties and fees enforced by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on January 28, 2009
Reported in the House on February 17, 2009 Recommending the bill be passed as amended. House committee amended the bill to clarify: that the registration fee for an agricultural chemical would not exceed $150 per year; and, that if a commercial applicator fails to employ one or more commercial applicators certified in each subcategory in which pesticide applications are made, then the agency would suspend the pesticide business license for that use until the business employs a properly certified applicator.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 20, 2009
Reported in the House on February 24, 2009 Recommending the bill be passed as previously amended by House committee.
Amendment offered by Rep. Don Schroeder (R) on March 2, 2009 To provide a daily late fee for certain registration penalties and to reduce several pesticide-related fees beginning in 2015.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 2, 2009
Passed 89 to 31 in the House on March 3, 2009.
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To make numerous changes to state laws concerning pesticide and fertilizer products sold in Kansas, such as their labeling, special registration, permitted uses, effectiveness claims, and other regulatory matters; also, to cancel the scheduled 2010 reduction of related penalties and fees enforced by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, and rescheduling the fee reductions to take place in 2015.
Received in the Senate on March 3, 2009
Referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee on March 4, 2009
Reported in the Senate on March 10, 2009 Recommending the bill be passed as amended. The Senate Committee's amendment would lengthen the sunset provision on certain dairy inspections and dairy-related fees..
Amendment offered by Sen. Vicki Schmidt (R) on March 12, 2009 Would require rules and regulations be promulgated before July 1, 2010.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 12, 2009
Passed 38 to 2 in the Senate on March 12, 2009.
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To make numerous changes to state laws concerning pesticide and fertilizer products sold in Kansas, and to cancel the scheduled 2010 reduction of related penalties and fees enforced by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
Received in the House on March 17, 2009
Motion by Rep. Larry Powell (R) on March 17, 2009 To not concur in the Senate version of the bill and to appoint a special House-Senate conference committee to negotiate a compromise proposal.
Motion by Sen. Mark Taddiken (R) on April 2, 2009 To adopt a compromise version of the bill reported by a House-Senate conference committee.
The motion passed 22 to 15 in the Senate on April 2, 2009.
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To adopt the conference committee report; to enact the Senate-passed version of the bill regulating fertilizers and pesticides, but with the following changes: insert changes proposed in HB 2295 concerning dairy product labeling; and, insert the SB 316 proposal to transfer the review of nutrient utilization plans requirements for swine facility operators from the Kansas Department of Agriculture to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Motion by Rep. Larry Powell (R) on April 3, 2009
Motion by Rep. Joshua Svaty (D) on April 3, 2009 To not adopt the conference committee report, but to appoint a new conference committee for further negotiations.
The motion failed by voice vote in the House on April 3, 2009
The motion passed 82 to 42 in the House on April 3, 2009.
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Approving Rep. Powell's original motion to adopt the conference committee report; to enact the Senate-passed version of the bill regulating fertilizers and pesticides, but with the following changes: insert changes proposed in HB 2295 concerning dairy product labeling; and, insert the SB 316 proposal to transfer the review of nutrient utilization plans requirements for swine facility operators from the Kansas Department of Agriculture to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. House approval thereby forwards this compromise version directly to the governor for her consideration.
Vetoed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on April 23, 2009

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