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Title Investigation Process For Pesticide Applicators
Status Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors J. Sonnenberg (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/14/2020
Description

Current law requires certain commercial pesticide applicators to
be licensed or registered. The bill requires the commissioner of
agriculture (commissioner) to notify such a regulated person within 24
hours after the commissioner or department of agriculture receives a
complaint about the person. The notice must include the alleged facts and
any statute or rule the person is alleged to have violated. If the notice is

not provided:
  • The commissioner is prohibited from suspending or
revoking the person's license or registration, or imposing
civil penalties; and
  • The person is immune from a criminal prosecution based
on the facts alleged in the complaint.
The bill also requires the following proceedings to be brought
within one year after the occurrence of the facts upon which they are
based:
  • A proceeding to discipline a licensee or registrant;
  • A proceeding to impose civil penalties, not including
failing to obtain the required license or registration; or
  • A criminal prosecution, not including failing to obtain the
required license or registration.

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