UPDATE--Maryland Neonicotinoid Restriction Bill Becomes Law: Governor Larry Hogan did not veto his State’s neonicotinoid restriction bill (HB 211/SB 198). However, because of veto-proof majorities in the legislature, he did allow it to become law without his signature. Restricting neonicotinoids doesn’t protect pollinators, it jeopardizes people. Neonicotinoids are vital tools in a PMP’s toolbox—they manage a litany of deadly and dangerous pests. While we disagree with this law, our industry is exempt from its restrictive nature. Certified applicators and registered technicians will still be allowed to use them. The public, however, is not permitted to use neonicotinoids effective January 1, 2018.
The bill was introduced in the Maryland Senate on 1/20/16. The bill would restrict the sale and use of Neonicotinoids in Maryland. It would prohibit a person from using a neonicotinoid pesticide on or after a certain date unless the person is a certified applicator. Also included, is a requirement that seeds, material, or plants treated with Neonicotinoids must bear a label or be accompanied by a sign in close proximity. This bill is sponsored by Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D). An identical version of the bill, HB 211, was introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates on 1/22/16. The House bill is sponsored by Delegate Anne Healy (D).
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