Protect Pollinators from Neonicotinoid Pesticides
|Sponsor:||Representative Mick Devin, House 51|
|Bill #:||LD 993|
UPDATE: This bill received a unanimous Ought Not to Pass from the committee. It is dead.
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.