Our organization is working jointly, as members of the Smart on Pesticides Coalition, to support HB208/SB375.
We need your help today to pass a bill to close a loophole in Maryland’s Pollinator Protection Act to protect Maryland’s bees, which are declining at alarming rates!
This 2016 law was intended to end all consumer use of lawn and garden products that contain neonicotinoid (or neonic) pesticides, which kill bees and other pollinators – posing a serious threat to our food supply, human health, aquatic, and wildlife. The bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, was supposed to ensure these pesticides are only available for sale to certified applicators and farmers.
Unfortunately, some stores are using unclear language in the bill as a loophole to allow them to continue to sell these products to unsuspecting consumers —even though it’s illegal for consumers to use them.
We need to fix this loophole which is subverting the original intention of the Pollinator Protection Act, especially at a time when U.S. beekeepers have lost over 40% of their colonies — the second highest loss in history. Thankfully, Delegates Anne Healey and Dana Stein, as well as Senator Cheryl Kagan have introduced a bill (HB208/SB375) to amend the law and close the loophole.
We need your help to ensure legislators pass this bill!
With this amendment, Maryland will continue to demonstrate its leadership and dedication to reducing the widespread use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. HB208/SB375 will provide a simple fix to close the loophole and end all consumer sales of neonicotinoids and home garden products, as the original bill intended.
Please take a minute to ask your state legislators to pass this crucial bill!