Protect Pollinators from Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Last updated: May 1, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Mick Devin, House 51
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 993

Position:

Opposed

UPDATE: This bill received a unanimous Ought Not to Pass from the committee. It is dead.

Summary:

This bill requires that any seed, plant material, nursery stock, annual plant, bedding plant or other plant sold at retail in the State that has been treated with a neonicotinoid pesticide bear a label, or be placed in close proximity to a sign, that notifies the consumer that the product has been treated with a neonicotinoid pesticide and that such pesticides have been found to harm nontarget organisms, including bees and other pollinators. The bill also implements a prohibition, effective January 1, 2018, on the retail sale of neonicotinoid pesticides by persons that do not also sell a restricted use pesticide and implements a prohibition, also effective January 1, 2018, on the use of a neonicotinoid pesticide, with exceptions for certified applicators, farmers and licensed veterinarians.