HB 2653A Establishes beekeeping standards

VOTE:YES
Passed

HB 2653A establish beekeeping standards, click for session details

HB 2653  Bill Text     TTV Bill as Introduced

HB 2653A Bill Text   TTV Bill as Amended

Will establish standards for those that own or is in charge of five or more colonies of bees located within this state, to include those that own or are in charge of one or more hives of bees at a location that is within any residential zone in Oregon.


Personal Choice
At present, many cities refuse to allow bees, HB 2653 will establish a standard set of rules that Cities can follow. Bees are a crucial part of pollinating fruits and vegetables. There is already a $10.00 fee for colonies of five or more in the State. There has been no oversight.
Fiscal Responsiblity
Rep Gorsek, stated that there would be no Fees, only the creations of a standard set of rules, so Cities could re-evaluate Bee keeping in residential areas. Bees are an crucial part of pollinating fruits and vegetables. There is already a $10.00 fee for colonies of five or more in the State. There has been no oversight.
Limited Government
The amendment included the Oregon State University Extension Service, in consultation with the State Department of Agriculture and beekeeping organizations, shall establish by written policy best practices for beekeeping within residential areas.(2) The policy set forth under subsection (1) of this section shall include recommendations to address: (a) The application of local nuisance ordinances to manage conflicts that arise from beekeeping within residential areas; (b) Methods for mitigating conflicts that arise from beekeeping within residential areas; and (c) Local government oversight of beekeeping activities within residential areas.
Local Control
This bill is to provide standards for local Cities to follow, there are no mandated regulations.
Free Markets
This bill is encouraging Beekeeping and the safety of Bees.