CASPER, Wyo. — A bill which would raise some agriculture fees in Wyoming would generate an estimated $506,925 in additional revenue for the state each year.
The Wyoming House of Representatives approved the bill for introduction on a vote of 43-16. The bill will be sent to committee for further consideration.
The fee for registering mixtures of formulas would be raised from $20 to $40.
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The fee for registering fertilizer, soil conditioner or soil amendments would be raised from $75 to $150.
The fee for registering animal remedy products would be raised from $20 to $30.
People who own or are responsible for agricultural weighing and measuring devices are required to obtain annual licenses in Wyoming. Fees for those licenses would be raised under the proposed legislation.
The fee range for establishments with up to five such devices would be increased from $10-$25 to $15-$40.
For establishments with 6-10 devices, fees would be increased from $10-$25 to $15-$40.
Establishments with 11 or more devices would see the license fee increased from $75 to $115.
The bill is sponsored by the Joint Appropriations Committee.
During a budget session, at least two-thirds of the House must vote to have a proposed bill introduced. Those bills which meet this threshold are then assigned to a committee.
Committees which have been assigned bills after approval on an introductory vote in the House will vote to “pass,” “do not pass” or “pass with amendments.”
Bills which make it out of committee then return to the full House for consideration. The House then must approve a bill on three readings before it is sent to the Senate.
If the Senate passes the bill with no amendments, the bill is sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. If they tack on amendments, then the bill is assigned to the Joint Conference Committee to reconcile differences.
If that committee can reach a consensus, the bill is sent to the governor who can sign or veto the bill. The House and Senate are able to override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote.
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