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19.52 Inspections; access to property; impeding commissioner.

Subdivision 1. Access for inspection and enforcement. The commissioner may enter upon any public or private premises at all reasonable times, after providing notification to the owner or operator, to inspect any apiary or other structure which contains bees, honey, bee equipment, or comb; to ascertain the existence of or treat any contagious or infectious bee disease; or to destroy diseased bees or bee equipment which are a public nuisance. For purposes of this subdivision, notification means providing at least 24 hours' advance notice by telephone, mail, or facsimile of the commissioner's entry upon the premises. The commissioner is not required to provide notification if: (1) the owner or operator cannot be readily identified; (2) the entry upon the premises is in response to a complaint to the commissioner; (3) the entry is upon the request of the owner or operator; or (4) the entry is in response to a declared emergency by the commissioner. The commissioner may open any hive, colony, package, or receptacle which contains, or which the commissioner has reason to believe contains, any bees, comb, bee products, used bee equipment, or anything else which is capable of transmitting infectious bee diseases or exotic parasites. The commissioner may stop pedestrians and motor vehicles when they are carrying any bees, comb, used bee equipment, or anything else which is capable of transmitting infectious diseases or parasites of bees. The commissioner may inspect at any time or place, any bees, bee products, or used bee equipment shipped in or into the state.

Subd. 2. Impeding commissioner unlawful. It is unlawful to deny to the commissioner access to any premises which the commissioner is authorized to enter for purposes of inspection or to resist, thwart, or hinder the commissioner in carrying out any authorized inspection, by misrepresentation, concealment of facts or conditions, or otherwise.

HIST: 1983 c 31 s 3; 1986 c 444; 1993 c 233 s 2; 1999 c 86 art 1 s 12