Senate Study Bill 3187 - Introduced SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT RESOLUTION BY CHAIRPERSON SMITH) SENA TE JOINT RESOLUTION A Joint Resolution designating the honeybee as the official 1 state insect for the State of Iowa. 2 WHEREAS, honeybees (apis mellifera) most likely originated 3 in tropical Africa and were brought to the new world with 4 the first Spanish and English colonists and quickly escaped 5 into the wild, eventually populating the entire western 6 hemisphere; and 7 WHEREAS, bees pollinate approximately 75 percent of 8 the fruit, nut, and vegetable plants grown in the United 9 States; and 10 WHEREAS, one-third of the food produced in the United States 11 depends on insect pollination, 80 percent of which is due to 12 honeybees; and 13 WHEREAS, tiny as they are, honeybees play a key role in 14 Iowa’s agroecosystem, with plant pollination performed by 15 honeybees valued at an estimated $92 million annually; and 16 WHEREAS, approximately 4,500 Iowa beekeepers manage around 17 45,000 colonies of honeybees that produce over 4 million pounds 18 of honey annually; and 19 WHEREAS, limited field trials in Clarion, Iowa, revealed 20 crop yield gains of 8 percent in soybean fields with honeybee 21 hives placed in close proximity; and 22 WHEREAS, honeybee pollination is critical to plant and human 23 survival; NOW THEREFORE, 24 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 25 TLSB 6365XC (2) 88 ec/rn
S.J.R. _____ Section 1. STATE INSECT DESIGNATED. The honeybee (apis 1 mellifera) is designated and shall officially be known as the 2 state insect of Iowa. 3 Sec. 2. APPROPRIATE REPRESENTATIONS. The director of 4 the department of cultural affairs shall obtain appropriate 5 pictures and other representations of the honeybee and shall 6 display the pictures and representations in an appropriate 7 place in the state historical museum. 8 Sec. 3. OFFICIAL REGISTER. The editor of the Iowa official 9 register shall include an appropriate picture and commentary 10 of the honeybee in the Iowa official register along with the 11 pictures of the state rock, state flower, state bird, and state 12 tree. 13 EXPLANATION 14 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 15 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 16 This joint resolution designates the honeybee as the 17 official state insect of Iowa. The director of the department 18 of cultural affairs shall obtain pictures and other appropriate 19 representations of the state insect and display the pictures 20 and information in the state historical museum. The editor of 21 the Iowa official register shall include a picture of the state 22 insect along with pictures of the state rock, state flower, 23 state bird, and state tree. 24 -1- LSB 6365XC (2) 88 ec/rn 1/ 1