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Daily Legislative Brief from May 8, 2017


HB 5401-Pesticide Registration
On Monday, May 8th, HB 5401, by the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and Representative Chuck Clemons (R-Jonesville), was considered as a Conference Committee Report and was adopted by both chambers. HB 5401 passed the House by a vote of 109 yeas to 3 nays, and passed the Senate by a vote of 38 yeas to 0 nays.

This legislation repeals the authority of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to assess and collect a supplemental pesticide registration fee on certain products sold in Florida. The fee was created to defray the expense of the chemical residue laboratory within the FDACS. The Fiscal Year 2016-2017 General Appropriations Act provided $1,801,131 in recurring funds from the General Revenue Fund to support the chemical residue laboratory.

HB 5401 will go on to the Governor within the State budget.

AIF SUPPORTS this legislation which removes a duplicative fee on businesses.