To implement the amendments made to this chapter by section 605 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (other than subsection (m) of that section), the Secretary shall issue an amended order under section
4603 of this title that reflects those amendments.
(b) Proposal of amended order
Not later than 90 days after June 23, 1998, the Secretary shall publish a proposed order under section
4603 of this title that reflects the amendments made by section 605 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998. The Secretary shall provide notice and an opportunity for public comment on the proposed order in accordance with section
4604 of this title.
(c) Issuance of amended order
Not later than 240 days after publication of the proposed order, the Secretary shall issue an order under section
4605 of this title, taking into consideration the comments received and including in the order such provisions as are necessary to ensure that the order conforms with the amendments made by section 605 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998.
(d) Referendum on amended order
(A) In general
On issuance of an order under section
4605 of this title reflecting the amendments made by section 605 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, the Secretary shall conduct a referendum under this section for the sole purpose of determining whether the order as amended shall become effective.
(B) Individual provisions
No individual provision of the amended order shall be subject to a separate vote under the referendum.
(2) Eligible voters
The Secretary shall conduct the referendum among persons subject to assessment under the order that have been producers, producer-packers, importers, or handlers during the 2-calendar-year period that precedes the referendum, which period shall be considered to be the representative period.
(3) Determination of quantity
(A) In general
Producer-packers, importers, and handlers shall be allowed to vote as if—
(i)the amended order had been in place during the representative period described in paragraph (2); and
(ii)they had owed the increased assessments provided by the amended order.
(B) Votes and attributed quantity for producer-packers and importers
The votes and the quantity of honey and honey products attributed to the votes of producer-packers and importers shall be determined in accordance with section
4611 of this title.
(C) Attributed quantity for handlers
The quantity of honey and honey products attributed to the vote of a handler shall be the quantity handled in the representative period described in paragraph (2) for which the handler would have owed assessments had the amended order been in effect.
(4) Effectiveness of order
The amended order shall become effective only if the Secretary determines that the amended order is effective in accordance with section
4611 of this title.
(e) Continuation of existing order if amended order is rejected
If adoption of the amended order is not approved—
(1)the order issued under section
4603 of this title that is in effect on June 23, 1998, shall continue in full force and effect; and
(2)the Secretary may amend the order to ensure the conformity of the order with this chapter (as in effect on the day before June 23, 1998).
(f) Effect of rejection on subsequent orders
(1) In general
Subject to paragraph (2), if adoption of the amended order is not approved in the referendum required under subsection (d) of this section, the Secretary may issue an amended order that implements some or all of the amendments made to this chapter by section 605 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, or makes other changes to an existing order, in accordance with the administrative procedures specified in sections
4605 of this title.
An amendment to an order that implements a provision that is subject to a referendum shall be approved in accordance with section
4611 of this title before becoming effective.
(g) Effect on periodic referenda
If the amended order becomes effective, any referendum otherwise required to be conducted under section
4612(c) of this title shall not be held before the date that is 5 years after the date of the referendum conducted under this section.
Section 605 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998, referred to in subsecs. (a) to (d)(1)(A) and (f)(1), is section 605 ofPub. L. 105–185, June 23, 1998, 112 Stat. 523, which enacted this section and amended sections
4612 of this title. Subsec. (m) ofsection
605 enacted this section.
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