Montana Legislature Attacks Hobby Bee Keepers
On April 11th 2019 a new fiscal note was delivered to the sponsor for signature. The original fiscal note that was signed by Representative Fitzgerald in part compromised with the department under Montana law the ability to cover costs of enacting the new law.
As of time of publication of this legislative update on HB443, Montana Representative Ross Fitzgerald that is sponsoring the legislation, still has not signed the new fiscal note.
Based on assumptions, the Department of Agriculture estimates that the new law will bring in approximately 1000 new registrations under HB443. The revenue generated from the additional registrations will be used to enforce the new law with inspections and compliance rules that will need to be adopted.
In the case of hobby apiaries, the purported problem is that they are responsible for bringing disease and problems to the bee industry here in Montana. What the legislation does not readily disclose is the 5732 registered commercial apiaries are regulated. Hobby apiary owners are very limited in availability of bees and bee keeping supplies.
Many of the private bee hobbyists are concerned about the loss of private property rights with the passing of this law. The lack of due process infringes on the 4th Amendment rights of the citizens.
Private citizens we spoke to, that keep bees for multiple reasons, have asked Representative Ross Fitzgerald to pull the bill from consideration. The Senate Agriculture Committee failed to table the bill.
The committee just concurred on the bill. Senator Mike Lang will carry the bill before the full Senate for Second reading.
Many of the hobbyist back yard bee keepers that we spoke to are hoping the Montana Senators will fail to pass the bill.
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