Proposed Legislation: Illinois Saving Pollinators Act (Outdoor and State Property Neonicotinoid Ban): The Saving Pollinators Act—HB 5900 and S.2965 was recently introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate. The bill is identical in both chambers. It would ban the application of neonicotinoids on public lands owned or maintained by the State of Illinois and ban outdoor uses altogether. Structural use of neonicotinoids is not mentioned in the bill.
Please click here to read The NPMA Public Policy Team’s review of the bill. In the House, the primary sponsor is Representative Will Guzzardi (D). House Assistant Majority Leader Elaine Nekritz (D) also added her support as a co-sponsor. In the Senate, the primary sponsor is Senator Don Harmon (D). It was referred to the five-member House Rules and Senate Assignments Committees (3D-2R) on 2/11/16 and 2/18/16 respectively. No hearings or votes have been scheduled as of 2/19/2016.
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