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California Laws | Food and Agriculture Code
DIVISION 13. BEE MANAGEMENT AND HONEY PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1. BEES

29024. The term of office of the members of the board is four years. Appointments shall be for full four-year terms. The director shall solicit the views of the industry, including, but not limited to, the California State Beekeeper's Association before allowing any member to serve as a member of the board; however, no person shall serve successive terms as a member of the board. (7575)

29025. The director may appoint a department representative as the secretary to the board. (7576)

29026. The board shall be advisory to the director on all matters related to the beekeeping industry and may make recommendations on all matters affecting the activities of the department in relation to the beekeeping industry including an annual review of the department' s apiary program. (7577)

29027. The board shall meet at the call of the director or at the request of any three members of the board. It shall meet at least once a year. (7578)

29028. Each member of the board shall serve without compensation, but each member shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in attending meetings of the board and any other official duty authorized by the board and approved by the director. The reimbursements shall be made in accordance with the rules of the Department of Personnel Administration. (7579)

Article 3. Apiary Assessments (29030.5-29032) (7580)(Text)

29030.5. The beekeeper, apiary owner, apiary operator, or the person in possession of an apiary, in addition to the annual assessment fee prescribed by subdivision (a) of Section 29030, shall pay to the director an annual assessment fee of three cents ($0.03) per colony for the purpose of research on Africanized bees. The fee shall be annually collected until July 1, 1992, and the revenue, notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, is continuously appropriated for that research. (7581)

Subdivision (c) of Section 29030 and Section 29032 does not apply to the disposition of funds authorized by this section. (7582)

29031. The assessment fees shall be payable to the director on July 1 of each year. The director shall send a written notice of the nonpayment of the required assessment fee to any person who fails to pay the assessment fee on that date. If the total amount of the assessment fee is not paid within 31 days after receipt of the written notice from the director, the person shall be required to pay, in addition to his or her regular fee, a penalty fee equal to 10 percent of the amount of the assessment fee prescribed pursuant to Section 29030, plus interest from that date. The interest shall accrue on a daily basis until the amount owed is paid. (7583)

29032. (a) Any funds collected by the director pursuant to this article shall be deposited in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund to be used for the control of pests, and research related to the bee industry, as advised by the board and approved by the director, and to carry out Article 2 (commencing with Section 29020). (7584)

(b) The director shall pay by contract entered into pursuant to this section, five-eighths of the funds received from apiary assessments to the counties as reimbursement for costs incurred by the commissioner in the administration and enforcement of this chapter. The payment shall be apportioned to the commissioner in relation to each county's expenditure for the administration and enforcement of the chapter. The director, after consulting with the board, shall establish standards of performance for administration and enforcement. The director shall make the payments to each county only if the commissioner acts in compliance with a contract entered into between the director and the commissioner. (7585)

Article 4. Registration and Identification of Apiaries (29040-29056) (7586)(Text)

29040. Every person that is the owner or is in possession of an apiary which is located within the state, on the first day of January of each year, shall register the number of colonies in each apiary which is owned by the person and the location of each apiary. Every person required to register under this article, shall do so on the first day of January of each year in which they maintain, possess, or are in possession of an apiary, or within 30 days thereafter, as prescribed in this article. (7587)

29041. Notwithstanding the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code), any information provided in accordance with this article or Section 29070 shall be held confidential, and shall not be disclosed to any person or governmental agency, other than the department or a county department of agriculture. The information shall also be considered privileged under the provisions of Sections 1040 and 1060 of the Evidence Code, with the exception of the location of apiaries for disclosure to pesticide applicators pursuant to Section 29101. (7588)

29042. Every person who moves bees into the state or otherwise comes into possession of an apiary that is located within the state after the first day of January, shall register the number of colonies moved into the state or so acquired within 30 days after coming into possession of the apiary. (7589)

29043. Registration of an apiary shall be filed with the commissioner of the county in which the apiary is located, or with the director if there is no commissioner in the county. The director shall adopt a form of registration to be used statewide, which shall include a request for notification of use of pesticide in accordance with Section 29101. All commissioners shall use the same form. (7590)

29044. Each beekeeper, apiary owner, apiary operator, or person in possession of any apiary, shall pay, in addition to any other fees imposed under this chapter, an annual registration fee of ten dollars ($10) to the commissioner of the county where the bees reside on January 1, to cover the cost of apiary registration. The director shall by regulation adopt and periodically update a schedule of the fees, which shall include late fees for anyone who fails to register an apiary under Sections 29041 and 29042. The board of supervisors of any county may waive the registration fee for any beekeeper, apiary owner, apiary operator, or person, who is a hobbyist not in the business of beekeeping and who possesses nine or fewer colonies. (7591)

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