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Bill to increase Wyoming agriculture fees passes first reading in the House

House Speaker Pro Tempore Albert Sommers (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming House of Representatives passed a bill on first reading during their Thursday, Feb. 20 floor session which would increase some agriculture fees in the state.

The House would need to pass the bill on two further readings in order for the bill to move to the Senate for consideration.

“The Department of Ag registers products then has a process to check whether the products are what they are purported to be,” House District 20 Representative Albert Sommers said in introducing the bill.

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He said that four types of agriculture fees would be increased under the proposed legislation. Sommers said such fees were last updated in 1993 and that increases to commercial feed product registration fees would lead to the greatest revenue increases for the state.

“I’m not married to the amount on these fees, if the body wants to adjust them…I’d certainly listen to that,” Sommers added.

The proposed fee increases would generate an estimated $506,925 in additional revenue for the state each year.

The fee for registering mixtures of formulas would be raised from $20 to $40.

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.


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