Senate File 285 - Introduced SENATE FILE 285 BY BOULTON A BILL FOR An Act providing for criminal offenses related to beekeeping. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 2094XS (3) 88 da/rn
S.F. 285 Section 1. Section 160.14, subsection 1, Code 2019, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. A person who knowingly sells, does any of the following 3 is guilty of a simple misdemeanor: 4 a. Sells, barters, gives away, moves, or allows to be moved, 5 a diseased or parasite-infested colony, package, equipment, or 6 combs without the consent of the state apiarist , or exposes . 7 b. Exposes infected honey or infected equipment to the bees , 8 or who willfully fails . 9 c. Fails or neglects to give proper treatment to a diseased 10 or parasite-infested colony , or who interferes . 11 d. Interferes with the state apiarist or the state 12 apiarist’s assistants in the performance of official duties or 13 who refuses . 14 e. Refuses to permit the examination of bees or their 15 destruction as provided in this chapter or violates . 16 f. Violates another provision of this chapter , except as 17 provided in subsection 2 , is guilty of a simple misdemeanor . 18 Sec. 2. Section 160.14, subsection 2, Code 2019, is amended 19 to read as follows: 20 2. A Notwithstanding subsection 1, a person who knowingly 21 moves or causes to be moved into this state a colony, package, 22 used equipment, or combs in violation of section 160.5 , is 23 guilty of a serious misdemeanor. 24 EXPLANATION 25 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 26 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 27 This bill amends provisions in Code chapter 160 which 28 provides for the regulation of beekeeping by the department 29 of agriculture and land stewardship. Code section 160.14(1) 30 lists a number of acts which constitute a criminal offense 31 (e.g., failing to properly care for bees or interfering with 32 the department). The provision is phrased as a single sentence 33 beginning with the requirement that one or all of the acts must 34 be “knowingly” committed. The bill reformulates the sentence 35 -1- LSB 2094XS (3) 88 da/rn 1/ 2
S.F. 285 by stating that any of the acts constitutes a criminal offense 1 if knowingly committed and then restructures the subsection to 2 provide that each of a series of lettered paragraphs refers to 3 a single criminal offense. A person who commits one of the 4 discrete criminal offenses is guilty of a simple misdemeanor. 5 A simple misdemeanor is punishable by confinement for no more 6 than 30 days or a fine of at least $65 but not more than $625 7 or by both. 8 -2- LSB 2094XS (3) 88 da/rn 2/ 2