In some respects, yes. (This was quite a lively thread.) I find that there's often a difference in perspectives when a law happens in your backyard instead of across the country.Didn't we go through all this when Florida passed it?
Do you think your consumers would respond positively to "Certified Wisconsin Honey?"I will try to contact my Senator and Rep. tomorrow and ask the following:
How often will I have to be tested to be considered a producer of"Wisconsin Honey"? Yearly? by lot?
What if the bees do not live in Wisconsin full time? At what point do they start making Wisconsin honey? What of the honey they entered the state with?
How much will it cost?
Who pays for it?
What lab will we have to use?
This link goes to an analysis of a higher ed bill.
I'm sorry the original link didn't work correctly - it was right when I first tested it. :scratch: It looks like you found the text; just in case here's what should be a link to the bill's text: http://tiny.cc/rxy12.After reading the proposed bill the testing is only required if you want to label your honey "Wisconsin Certified". The other part of the bill is putting a definition of what pure honey is. I got all worked up over nothing. That's what happens when you assuME.
According to Senator Vinehout the administrative process will take approximately 18 months (on the optimistic side) to finalize the process behind the law (if signed) and it's a voluntary testing program for the Certified Wisconsin label.As of Thursday morning, the Governor(608 266-1212) has yet to review the bill.
If my understanding is correct, After he signs it, it goes to the Ag dept for development of Administrative code. In that process, there will be public hearings. I have alerted my Senator's office to please notify me when they are sceduled(sp?).
Beeslave, I see your points, the gun analogy is appropriate. What changes would you like? Tie the funding to court case revenue?
If any of this is incorrect, please inform me so I can edit it.