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Bill Detail: SB22-131

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Title Protect Health Of Pollinators And People
Status Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (03/03/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
C. Kipp (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 02/10/2022
Summary

The bill implements a number of measures to protect pollinators
and people throughout the state. Section 1 of the bill makes legislative
findings.
Section 2 restricts the use of pesticides on the grounds of a school,
preschool program, child care center, or children's resident camp and
requires that notification be sent when a pesticide is used at such a

location. The executive director of the department of public health and
environment may adopt rules to implement section 2.
Section 3 requires the executive director of the department of
natural resources or the executive director's designee (DNR executive
director) to conduct a study on how to address pollinator decline and
increase pollinator health in the state. In conducting the study, the DNR
executive director shall consult with other state agencies and with
scientists with expertise in pollinator health, ecological processes,
biodiversity, native plants, and ecological land management. The DNR
executive director shall submit a report of the study to the general
assembly and the governor on or before January 1, 2024.
Section 4 creates a pilot grant program in the department of
agriculture to provide financial grants to agricultural producers to test the
use of noncoated seed-applied systemic insecticide on their crops.
Sections 5 and 6 require the commissioner of agriculture to adopt
rules designating as restricted-use certain pesticides that contain an active
ingredient belonging to the neonicotinoid class of insecticides or the
sulfoxomine class of insecticides, but allowing the use of such pesticides
in pet care, personal care, wood preservatives, and indoor pest-control
products and products used on golf courses. The commissioner's rules
will not affect the use of the restricted-use pesticides for agricultural
purposes.
Sections 7 through 10 authorize local governments to regulate
pesticide use and remove certain preemptions regarding local government
regulation of pesticide use.

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