With great collaborative effort across the state, Senate Bill 198 has passed the Senate floor!
This bill proposes great restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that harm our local pollinators. Final bill passage is getting closer with two more steps to go. First, it must go through the House Environmental & Transportation Committee before all delegates will vote on the House floor.
Neonicotinoids are common pesticides used on farm crops and landscaping. Neonicotinoid pesticides can harm multiple pollinator species. Pollinators are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 85% of the world's flowering plants. Additionally, 35% of global crop production is made possible by pollinators. Studies show that honey bees alone are important for more than $15 billion of crop production annually. Pollinators are necessary for wider biodiversity and agriculture.
Please continue to reach out to legislators to make this the first-in-the country bill restricting the sales of neonic-containing products.
Spread the word and help make the community aware of the need for pollinator protection!
You can contact your local representative here if you wish to show continued support!
Find the bill here for more information
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