- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In a story April 7 about an Iowa bill that would exempt the sale of honeybees from certain taxes, The Associated Press misspelled a lawmaker’s name and misidentified his party affiliation. He is Rep. Daniel Kelley, not Daniel Kelly, and he is a Democrat, not a Republican.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Iowa House committee OKs tax exemption bill on honeybees

Iowa House committee OKs legislation that would exempt sale of honeybees from certain taxes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Legislation that would exempt the sale of honeybees from sales and use taxes was approved overwhelmingly by an Iowa House committee Tuesday, though one lawmaker questioned the point of the bill.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 22-1 in support of the bill. It now heads to the full House. The rate for both the sales tax and use tax is 6 percent, and only one must be paid.

Rep. Daniel Kelley, D-Newton, supported the bill when it went through a subcommittee, noting that populations of honeybees are decreasing around the country. He said it was important that Iowa address this issue, and recommended the exemption as one solution.

“A sales tax elimination is a step forward,” he said. “Perhaps we can get more honeybee hobbyists enthused about this activity and also help those who are already in the hobby to expand their purchases.”

But Rep. Jerry Kearns, D-Keokuk, questioned if an exemption was the solution and voted against the bill.

“I’m not a honeybee hater,” he said. “But it seems to me that taking the sales tax off the sales of honeybees is not going to help them at all.”

Kearns recommended that the state invest more money in a university that can properly investigate the insect’s dwindling populations.

The bipartisan Legislative Services Agency says if the bill becomes law, Iowa’s revenue would be reduced by less than $100,000 a year.

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