Bill Aimed at Fixing Plant Board Penalty Law on Auxin Herbicides Passes House Ag Committee

On Wednesday, February 20th, the House Agriculture Committee of the Arkansas General Assembly approved a bill to provide more discretion in assessing fines for egregious violations related to dicamba and other auxin herbicides. The bill broadens the definition of egregious to allow for the board to more readily assess fines of greater than $1,000 and up to $25,000 for violations related to illegal applications.

As currently drafted the measure does not contain an emergency clause, which means if it became law it would take 90 days before going into effect. The bill sponsor, Representative David Hillman, has indicated plans to pursue the inclusion of an emergency clause in the Senate Ag Committee so that the bill, if made law, would take effect immediately to cover the application window proposed by the State Plant Board.

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https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/feb/21/change-to-plant-act-s-penalties-sails-i/

http://<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Legislation (HB1512) to grant the State Plant Board more discretion in assessing civil penalties for egregious violations related to dicamba & other auxin herbicides was approved by the House Ag Committee today. <a href=”https://t.co/bSWbmohi9J”>https://t.co/bSWbmohi9J</a> <a href=”https://t.co/BKcPZ2egXx”>pic.twitter.com/BKcPZ2egXx</a></p>— AgCouncilofAr (@AgCouncilofAr) <a href=”https://twitter.com/AgCouncilofAr/status/1098299294757670913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>February 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script> Legislation (HB1512) to grant the State Plant Board more discretion in assessing civil penalties for egregious violations related to dicamba & other auxin herbicides was approved by the House Ag Committee today. https://t.co/bSWbmohi9J pic.twitter.com/BKcPZ2egXx— AgCouncilofAr (@AgCouncilofAr) February 20, 2019

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