2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Sherwood
Pesticide Control Act Fund Review

Item 94 #4h

Item 94 #4h

First Year - FY2013 Second Year - FY2014
Agriculture And Forestry
Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of FY2013 $0 FY2014 $400,000 GF

Page 77, line 2, strike "$3,523,845" and insert "$3,923,845".
Page 77, after line 25, insert:
"B. 1. The Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall conduct a review of the use of funds within the Virginia Pesticide Control Act Fund and report to the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and the Chairmen of the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Conservation Committee by November 1, 2013 with recommendations.
2.  The Board shall convene a stakeholder group to advise them in this review which shall include representatives including, but not limited to, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Agribusiness Council, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the Virginia Pest Control Association, the Virginia Crop Production Association, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension.  The stakeholder group shall examine and report back to the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services and provide recommendations for streamlining and improving the use of the Virginia Pesticide Control Act Fund. Items included in the review shall include:
a. The historical distribution of funding from the Virginia Pesticide Control  Act Fund;
b. The operational funding needs of the Virginia Office of Pesticide Services;
c. The historical distribution of funding for educational and research grant funding and grant processes and procedures;
d.  The Virginia Pesticide Control Act fee structure; and,
e.  Other items to ensure use of the Virginia Pesticide Control Act Fund for the purposes for which it was created."

(This amendment provides $400,000 from the general fund in fiscal year 2014 for a review of the uses of the Virginia Pesticide Act Fund with a report being submitted to the General Assembly by November 1, 2013.)