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RCW 82.04.629

Exemptions — Honey bee products. (Expires July 1, 2017.)

(1) This chapter does not apply to amounts derived from the wholesale sale of honey bee products by an eligible apiarist who owns or keeps bee colonies and who does not qualify for an exemption under RCW 82.04.330 in respect to such sales.

     (2) The exemption provided in subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any person selling such products at retail or to any person selling manufactured substances or articles.

     (3) The definitions in this subsection apply throughout this section unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

     (a) "Bee colony" means a natural group of honey bees containing seven thousand or more workers and one or more queens, housed in a man-made hive with movable frames, and operated as a beekeeping unit.

     (b) "Eligible apiarist" means a person who owns or keeps one or more bee colonies and who grows, raises, or produces honey bee products for sale at wholesale and is registered under RCW 15.60.021.

     (c) "Honey bee products" means queen honey bees, packaged honey bees, honey, pollen, bees wax, propolis, or other substances obtained from honey bees. "Honey bee products" does not include manufactured substances or articles.

     (4) This section expires July 1, 2017.

[2013 2nd sp.s. c 13 § 306; 2008 c 314 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings--Intent--Honey bee work group--Created -- 2013 2nd sp.s. c 13: See notes following RCW 82.08.200.

     Effective date -- 2013 2nd sp.s. c 13: See note following RCW 82.08.200.

     Finding -- Intent -- 2008 c 314: "The legislature finds that recent occurrences of colony collapse disorder and the resulting loss of bee hives will have an economic impact on the state's agricultural sector. The legislature intends to provide temporary business and occupation tax relief for Washington's apiarists." [2008 c 314 § 1.]

     Effective date -- 2008 c 314: "This act takes effect July 1, 2008." [2008 c 314 § 6.]