4213S.05F

SENATE SUBSTITUTE


FOR


SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE


FOR


HOUSE BILL NO. 1073


AND


HOUSE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

HOUSE BILL NO. 1477



AN ACT

 

To repeal sections 142.031, 178.530, 256.400, 270.270, 270.400, and 276.401, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof eight new sections relating to agriculture, with an existing penalty provision.




BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, AS FOLLOWS:


    Section A. Sections 142.031, 178.530, 256.400, 270.270, 270.400, and 276.401, RSMo, are repealed and eight new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 142.031, 178.530, 256.400, 256.433, 262.795, 270.270, 270.400, and 276.401, to read as follows:

    142.031. 1. As used in this section the following terms shall mean:

    (1) "Biodiesel", fuel as defined in ASTM Standard D-6751 or its subsequent standard specifications for biodiesel fuel (B100) blend stock for distillate fuels;

    (2) "Missouri qualified biodiesel producer", a facility that produces biodiesel, is registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency according to the requirements of 40 CFR 79, and:

    (a) a. Is at least fifty-one percent owned by agricultural producers who are residents of this state and who are actively engaged in agricultural production for commercial purposes; or

    b. At least eighty percent of the feedstock used by the facility originates in the state of Missouri. For purposes of this section, "feedstock" means an agricultural, horticultural, viticultural, vegetable, aquacultural, livestock, forestry, or poultry product either in its natural or processed state; and

    (b) Meets all of the following:

    a. Has registered with the department of agriculture by September 1, 2007;

    b. Has begun construction of the facility before November 1, 2007; and

    c. Has begun production of biodiesel before March 1, 2009.

    2. The "Missouri Qualified Biodiesel Producer Incentive Fund" is hereby created and subject to appropriations shall be used to provide economic subsidies to Missouri qualified biodiesel producers pursuant to this section.

The director of the department of agriculture shall administer the fund pursuant to this section.

    3. A Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall be eligible for a monthly grant from the fund provided that one hundred percent of the feedstock originates in the United States. However, the director may waive the feedstock requirements on a month-to-month basis if the facility provides verification that adequate feedstock is not available. A Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall only be eligible for the grant for a total of sixty months unless such producers during the sixty months fail, due to a lack of appropriations, to receive the full amount from the fund for which the producers were eligible, in which case such producers shall continue to be eligible [for up to twenty-four additional months or] until they have received the maximum amount of funding for which such producers were eligible during the original sixty-month time period. The amount of the grant is determined by calculating the estimated gallons of qualified biodiesel produced during the preceding month from feedstock, as certified by the department of agriculture, and applying such figure to the per-gallon incentive credit established in this subsection. Each Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall be eligible for a total grant in any fiscal year equal to thirty cents per gallon for the first fifteen million gallons of qualified biodiesel produced from feedstock in the fiscal year plus ten cents per gallon for the next fifteen million gallons of qualified biodiesel produced from feedstock in the fiscal year. All such qualified biodiesel produced by a Missouri qualified biodiesel producer in excess of thirty million gallons shall not be applied to the computation of a grant pursuant to this subsection. The department of agriculture shall pay all grants for a particular month by the fifteenth day after receipt and approval of the application described in subsection 4 of this section.

    4. In order for a Missouri qualified biodiesel producer to obtain a grant from the fund, an application for such funds shall be received no later than fifteen days following the last day of the month for which the grant is sought. The application shall include:

    (1) The location of the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer;

    (2) The average number of citizens of Missouri employed by the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer in the preceding month, if applicable;

    (3) The number of bushel equivalents of Missouri feedstock and out-of-state feedstock used by the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer in the production of biodiesel in the preceding month;

    (4) The number of gallons of qualified biodiesel the producer manufactures during the month for which the grant is applied;

    (5) A copy of the qualified biodiesel producer license required pursuant to subsection 5 of this section, name and address of surety company, and amount of bond to be posted pursuant to subsection 5 of this section; and

    (6) Any other information deemed necessary by the department of agriculture to adequately ensure that such grants shall be made only to Missouri qualified biodiesel producers.     5. The director of the department of agriculture, in consultation with the department of revenue, shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the administration of the provisions of this section.

    6. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2002, shall be invalid and void.

    7. This section shall expire on December 31, 2009. However, Missouri qualified biodiesel producers receiving any grants awarded prior to December 31, 2009, shall continue to be eligible for the remainder of the original sixty-month time period under the same terms and conditions of this section unless such producer during such sixty months failed, due to a lack of appropriations, to receive the full amount from the fund for which he or she was eligible. In such case, such producers shall continue to be eligible [for up to twenty-four additional months or] until they have received the maximum amount of funding for which they were eligible during the original sixty-month time period.

    8. Any Missouri qualified biodiesel producer who receives any grant payments under this section who subsequently sells the biodiesel facility shall be subject to the following payback requirements:

    (1) If such facility is sold within less than one year of the date of issuance of the last grant payment, the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall pay the state the amount of fifty percent of the total amount of grant payments received under this section;

    (2) If such facility is sold within one to two years of the date of issuance of the last grant payment, the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall pay the state the amount of forty percent of the total amount of grant payments received under this section;

    (3) If such facility is sold within two to three years of the date of issuance of the last grant payment, the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall pay the state the amount of thirty percent of the total amount of grant payments received under this section;

    (4) If such facility is sold within three to four years of the date of issuance of the last grant payment, the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall pay the state the amount of twenty percent of the total amount of grant payments received under this section;

    (5) If such facility is sold within four to five years of the date of issuance of the last grant payment, the Missouri qualified biodiesel producer shall pay the state the amount of ten percent of the total amount of grant payments received under this section. If the sale date of the facility falls on a date that qualifies under more than one subdivision of this subsection, the greater payback amount shall apply. For purposes of this subsection, a facility shall be considered "sold" when there is a change in at least fifty-one percent of the facility's ownership in a transaction that involves a buyer or buyers and a seller or sellers.

    178.530. 1. The state board of education shall establish standards and annually inspect, as a basis for approval, all public prevocational, vocational schools, Linn State Technical College, departments and classes receiving state or federal moneys for giving training in agriculture, industrial, home economics and commercial subjects and all schools, departments and classes receiving state or federal moneys for the preparation of teachers and supervisors of such subjects. The public prevocational and vocational schools, Linn State Technical College, departments, and classes, and the training schools, departments and classes are entitled to the state or federal moneys so long as they are approved by the state board of education, as to site, plant, equipment, qualifications of teachers, admission of pupils, courses of study and methods of instruction. All disbursements of state or federal moneys for the benefit of the approved prevocational and vocational schools, Linn State Technical College, departments and classes shall be made semiannually. The school board of each approved school or the governing body of Linn State Technical College shall file a report with the state board of education at the times and in the form that the state board requires. Upon receipt of a satisfactory report, the state board of education shall certify to the commissioner of administration for his approval the amount of the state and federal moneys due the school district or Linn State Technical College. The amount due the school district shall be certified by the commissioner of administration and proper warrant therefor shall be issued to the district treasurer or Linn State Technical College.

    2. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 1 of this section, the state board of education shall establish standards for agricultural education that may be adopted by a private school accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education as an accreditor of private schools that wishes to provide quality vocational programming outside the requirements of, but consistent with, the federal vocational education act. Such standards shall be sufficient to qualify a private school to apply to the state chapter for approval of a local chapter of a federally chartered national agricultural education association on a form developed for that purpose by the department of elementary and secondary education without eligibility to receive state or federal funding for agricultural vocational education. Any such private school shall reimburse the department annually for the cost of oversight and maintenance of the program.

    256.400. As used in sections 71.287 and 256.400 to [256.430] 256.433, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following terms mean:

    (1) "Department", the department of natural resources;

    (2) "Director", the director of the department of natural resources;

    (3) "Division", the division of geology and land survey of the department of natural resources;

    (4) "Major water user", any person, firm, corporation or the state of Missouri, its agencies or corporations and any other political subdivision of this state, their agencies or corporations, with a water source and equipment necessary to withdraw or divert one hundred thousand gallons or more per day from any stream, river, lake, well, spring or other water source;

    (5) "State geologist", the director of the division of geology and land survey of the department of natural resources;

    (6) "Water source", any stream, river, lake, well, spring or other water source.

    256.433. Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no major water user shall convey water withdrawn or diverted from within the Southeast Missouri Regional Water District created under section 256.643 when such withdrawal or diversion and subsequent conveyance to a location outside such district unduly interferes with the reasonable and customary activities of a major water user registered under section 256.410 located within such district. If such conveyance occurs, the attorney general or the party or parties affected may file an action for an injunction, however, in no case shall an injunction be issued if the injunction would be detrimental to public health or safety.

    262.795. Any law to the contrary notwithstanding, a child, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 294.011, may perform agriculture work, as defined in subdivision (1) of section 290.500, on a farm owned and operated by the child's parent, sibling, grandparent or sibling of a parent or, if performed by the child with the knowledge and consent of the child's parent, on any family farm, as defined in subdivision (4) of section 350.010, or on any family farm corporation, as defined in subdivision (5) of section 350.010, including work that would otherwise be prohibited by subdivisions (1), (2), (3), (7), and (12) of section 294.040; but no such child shall be permitted to engage in any other activities prohibited by section 294.040. The term "parent", as used in this section, shall have the same meaning as in subdivision (8) of section 294.011. Children engaged in work permitted by this section may do so without obtaining a work certificate as required by section 294.024. Children engaged in work permitted by this section are not subject to the limitations set out in section 294.030 and subsection 4 of section 294.045.

    270.270. 1. Any person possessing or transporting live Russian or [European wild boar] Eurasian swine or wild-caught swine on or through public land without a Missouri department of agriculture permit is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Each violation of this subsection shall be a separate offense.

    2. Any law enforcement officer, any agent of the conservation commission, or the state veterinarian is authorized to enforce the provisions of this section, section 270.260, and section 270.400.

    270.400. 1. For purposes of this section, the term "feral hog" means any hog, including Russian and [European wild boar] Eurasian swine, that is not conspicuously identified by ear tags or other forms of identification and is roaming freely upon public or private lands without the landowner's permission.

    2. A person may kill a feral hog roaming freely upon such person's land and shall not be liable to the owner of the hog for the loss of the hog.

    3. Any person may take or kill a feral hog on public land or private land with the consent of the landowner; except that, during the firearms deer and turkey hunting season the regulations of the Missouri wildlife code shall apply. Such person shall not be liable to the owner of the hog for the loss of such hog.

    4. No person except a landowner or such landowner's agent on such landowner's property shall take, attempt to take, or kill a feral hog with the use of an artificial light.

    5. The director of the department of agriculture shall promulgate rules for fencing and health standards for Russian and [European wild boar] Eurasian swine and wild-caught swine held alive on private land. Any person holding Russian or [European wild boar] Eurasian swine or wild-caught swine on private land shall annually submit an application to the department for a permit. Any applicant that successfully meets the requirements under this section as determined by the department and pays an application fee shall be issued a permit.

    6. Russian and [European wild boar] Eurasian swine and wild-caught swine may move only from a farm to a farm or directly to slaughter or to a slaughter-only market. The department shall promulgate rules for exemption permits and a fee structure to offset the actual and necessary costs incurred to enforce the provisions of this section.

    7. (1) There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Animal Health Fund", which shall consist of all fees and administrative penalties collected by the department of agriculture under this section and section 270.260. The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund. In accordance with sections 30.170 and 30.180, the state treasurer may approve disbursements. Upon appropriation, moneys in the fund shall be used for the administration of this section and section 270.260.

    (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 33.080 to the contrary, any moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the biennium shall not revert to the credit of the general revenue fund.

    (3) The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the fund in the same manner as other funds are invested. Any interest and moneys earned on such investments shall be credited to the fund.

    8. Any person who violates subsection 2 of section 270.260 may, in addition to the penalty imposed under section 270.260, be assessed an administrative penalty of up to one thousand dollars per violation. Any person who is assessed an administrative penalty under this section shall be notified in writing of the right to appeal. Such person may request a hearing before the director of the department of agriculture. Such request shall be made in writing no later than thirty days after the date on which the person was notified of the violation of section 270.260.

    9. Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028. This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2010, shall be invalid and void.

    10. Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to domestic swine.

    276.401. 1. Sections 276.401 to 276.582 shall be known as the "Missouri Grain Dealer Law".

    2. The provisions of the Missouri grain dealer law shall apply to grain purchases where title to the grain transfers from the seller to the buyer within the state of Missouri.

    3. Unless otherwise specified by contractual agreement, title shall be deemed to pass to the buyer as follows:

    (1) On freight on board (FOB) origin or freight on board (FOB) basing point contracts, title transfers at time and place of shipment;

    (2) On delivered contracts, when and where constructively placed, or otherwise made available at buyer's original destination;

    (3) On contracts involving in-store commodities, at the storing warehouse and at the time of contracting or transfer, and/or mailing of documents, if required, by certified mail, unless and to the extent warehouse tariff, warehouse receipt and/or storage contract assumes the risk of loss and/or damage.

    4. As used in sections 276.401 to 276.582, unless the context otherwise requires, the following terms mean:

    (1) "Auditor", a person appointed under sections 276.401 to 276.582 by the director to assist in the administration of sections 276.401 to 276.582, and whose duties include making inspections, audits and investigations authorized under sections 276.401 to 276.582;

    (2) "Authorized agent", any person who has the legal authority to act on behalf of, or for the benefit of, another person;

    (3) "Buyer", any person who buys or contracts to buy grain;

    (4) "Certified public accountant", any person licensed as such under chapter 326;

    (5) "Claimant", any person who requests payment for grain sold by him to a dealer, but who does not receive payment because the purchasing dealer fails or refuses to make payment;

    (6) "Credit sales contracts", a conditional grain sales contract wherein payment and/or pricing of the grain is deferred to a later date. Credit sales contracts include, but are not limited to, all contracts meeting the definition of deferred payment contracts, and/or delayed price contracts;

    (7) "Current assets", resources that are reasonably expected to be realized in cash, sold, or consumed (prepaid items) within one year of the balance sheet date;

    (8) "Current liabilities", obligations reasonably expected to be liquidated within one year and the liquidation of which is expected to require the use of existing resources, properly classified as current assets, or the creation of additional liabilities. Current liabilities include obligations that, by their terms, are payable on demand unless the creditor has waived, in writing, the right to demand payment within one year of the balance sheet date;

    (9) "Deferred payment agreement", a conditional grain sales transaction establishing an agreed upon price for the grain and delaying payment to an agreed upon later date or time period. Ownership of the grain, and the right to sell it, transfers from seller to buyer so long as the conditions specified in section 276.461 and section 411.325 are met;

    (10) "Deferred pricing agreement", a conditional grain sales transaction wherein no price has been established on the grain, the seller retains the right to price the grain later at a mutually agreed upon method of price determination. Deferred pricing agreements include, but are not limited to, contracts commonly known as no price established contracts, price later contracts, and basis contracts on which the purchase price is not established at or before delivery of the grain. Ownership of the grain, and the right to sell it, transfers from seller to buyer so long as the conditions specified in section 276.461 and section 411.325 are met;

    (11) "Delivery date" shall mean the date upon which the seller transfers physical possession, or the right of physical possession, of the last unit of grain in any given transaction;

    (12) "Department", the Missouri department of agriculture;

    (13) "Designated representative", an employee or official of the department designated by the director to assist in the administration of sections 276.401 to 276.582;

    (14) "Director", the director of the Missouri department of agriculture or his designated representative;

    (15) "Generally accepted accounting principles", the conventions, rules and procedures necessary to define accepted accounting practice, which include broad guidelines of general application as well as detailed practices and procedures generally accepted by the accounting profession, and which have substantial authoritative support from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;

    (16) "Grain", all grains for which the United States Department of Agriculture has established standards under the United States Grain Standards Act, Sections 71 to 87, Title 7, United States Code, and any other agricultural commodity or seed prescribed by the director by regulation;

    (17) "Grain dealer" or "dealer", any person engaged in the business of, or as a part of his business participates in, buying grain where title to the grain transfers from the seller to the buyer within the state of Missouri. "Grain dealer" or "dealer" shall not be construed to mean or include:

    (a) Any person or entity who is a member of a recognized board of trade or futures exchange and whose trading in grain is limited solely to trading with other members of a recognized board of trade or futures exchange; provided, that grain purchases from a licensed warehouseman, farmer/producer or any other individual or entity in a manner other than through the purchase of a grain futures contract on a recognized board of trade or futures exchange shall be subject to sections 276.401 to 276.582. Exempted herein are all futures transactions;

    (b) A producer or feeder of grain for livestock or poultry buying grain for his own farming or feeding purposes who purchases grain exclusively from licensed grain dealers or whose total grain purchases from producers during his or her fiscal year do not exceed fifty thousand bushels;

    (c) Any person or entity whose grain purchases in the state of Missouri are made exclusively from licensed grain dealers;

    (d) A manufacturer or processor of registered or unregistered feed whose total grain purchases from producers during his or her fiscal year [does] do not exceed [one hundred thousand dollars] fifty thousand bushels and who pays for all grain purchases from producers at the time of physical transfer of the grain from the seller or his or her agent to the buyer or his or her agent and whose resale of such grain is solely in the form of manufactured or processed feed or feed by-products or whole feed grains to be used by the purchaser thereof as feed;

    (18) "Grain transport vehicle", a truck, tractor-trailer unit, wagon, pup, or any other vehicle or trailer used by a dealer, whether owned or leased by him, to transport grain which he has purchased; except that, bulk or bagged feed delivery trucks which are used principally for the purpose of hauling feed and any trucks for which the licensed gross weight does not exceed twenty-four thousand pounds shall not be construed to be a grain transport vehicle;

    (19) "Insolvent" or "insolvency", (a) an excess of liabilities over assets or (b) the inability of a person to meet his financial obligations as they come due, or both (a) and (b);

    (20) "Interested person", any person having a contractual or other financial interest in grain sold to a dealer, licensed, or required to be licensed;

    (21) "Location", any site other than the principal office where the grain dealer engages in the business of purchasing grain;

    (22) "Minimum price contract", a conditional grain sales transaction establishing an agreed upon minimum price where the seller may participate in subsequent price gain, if any. Ownership of the grain, and the right to sell it, transfers from the seller to the buyer so long as the conditions specified in section 276.461 and section 411.325 are met;

    (23) "Person", any individual, partnership, corporation, cooperative, society, association, trustee, receiver, public body, political subdivision or any other legal or commercial entity of any kind whatsoever, and any member, officer or employee thereof;

    (24) "Producer", any owner, tenant or operator of land who has an interest in and receives all or any part of the proceeds from the sale of grain or livestock produced thereon;

    (25) "Purchase", to buy or contract to buy grain;

    (26) "Sale", the passing of title from the seller to the buyer in consideration of the payment or promise of payment of a certain price in money, or its equivalent;

    (27) "Value", any consideration sufficient to support a simple contract.