Getting into the business of raising honeybees would get a little easier under legislation that has advanced in the Iowa House.
To address a decline in the pollinator's population, lawmakers want to exempt the purchase of honeybees from the state sales tax. They say that will encourage hobbyists to raise more bees.
Keokuk Democrat Jerry Kearns opposes the bill.
“First off, let me tell you I’m not a honeybee hater,” Kearns says. “But taking the sales tax off of honeybees is not going to help at all.”