H.915 March 2018 – An act relating to the protection of pollinators

Last Recorded Action: Senate 5/4/2018 Senate floor action-Committee of Conference appointed: Senators Branagan, Rodgers, and Baruth

Senate 5/3/2018- House message House refused to concur in Senate proposal of amendment & requested Conference Committee; House Conference Committee members appointed

Senate – official proposal of amendment (4 pages)

House- official as passed (5 pages)

House 4/27/2018- House of Representatives: Senate Message, passed in Concurrence with proposal of amendment.

Senate 4/26/2018-  Read 3rd time & passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment on roll call, requested by Senator BranaganPassed — Needed 15 of 29 to Pass — Yeas = 29, Nays = 0

Senate 4/24/2018- New Business/Second Reading & Favorable report with proposal of amendment by Committee on Agriculture

Senate 4/20/2018- Favorable report with proposal of amendment by Committee on Agriculture

Senate 3/16/2018- Senate floor action: Read 1st time & referred to Committee on Agriculture

House 3/13/2018- Committee bill read the first time and placed on Notice Calendar on March 13, 2018

Sponsor(s): House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Subject: Agriculture; pollinator protection; pesticides

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a person who sells treated article corn or soybean seed in the State to offer for sale untreated corn or soybean seed. The bill also requires the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to assess the effect of neonicotinoid-treated seeds on pollinator losses in the State. The bill also requires the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets to develop and implement an educational program to inform users of pesticides in the State of the effects of pesticides on pollinators.

The bill also includes neonicotiniod-treated “flower seeds” in the definition section.

 (of waterbody concern – flower seeds treated with neonicotiniod pesticides used for various planting projects near shorelands may be harmful to those sensitive environments.  *Neonicotinoid pesticides as a group are being extensively studied and are of great concern from the perspective of toxicity to pollinators in the terrestrial environment and have a persistent wider environmental impact happening when contaminated soil erosion run-off drains into ditches to move through watersheds to then contaminate our waterways where the chemicals affect aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and fish.)

Also see our post of bill H.688 re: pollinators and neonicotiniods.

Read the bill as introduced

See the bill detailed status

Of interest: Read last years, Feb 2017, Vermont’s Pollinator Protection Committee Report