Date Requested: February 03, 2020
Time Requested: 11:46 AM
Agency: Agriculture, WV Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2140 Introduced SB491
CBD Subject: Agriculture


Special Revenue - Agriculture Fees Fund

Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund

Legislation creates:

Creates New Program

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    SB491 proposes updates to Chapter 19 Article 16 of WV Code related to the regulation of seeds by the WV Department of Agriculture (WVDA). This measure will have little, if any, impact on costs and revenues of state government. The WVDA already has the equipment, supplies, and personnel to begin implementing the recommended changes to the legislation. The changes recommended also have little impact on the WVDA's current revenue stream. The overall impact of this update to the current law would be an approximate net zero. Information in this fiscal note was developed by the WVDA Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division who would be responsible for implementing these statutory changes.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

    The biggest change to this legislation is that the WVDA will begin regulating flower seed. Companies have always been able to sell flower seed in the state; therefore, we do not anticipate a change in seedsman registrations. Most of the companies who sell vegetable seed, and therefore purchase seed stamps, are the same companies selling flower seed in the state. Because of this, we do not anticipate a change in seed stamp sales. Currently there is only one seed conditioning facility operating in the state (operated by USDA) so there will not be any revenue generated from permit or inspection fees on this federal facility. The seed laboratory has a low failure rate of approximately 10%. It is estimated that any revenue generated from fines for failures would be minuscule compared to the cost of sampling and analysis. Revenue from penalties cannot be reasonably estimated.


    No technical issues noted.

    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Alan Clemans, on behalf of Sandra Gillispie, CFO
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