Update on Pollinator Protection Legislation in Maryland
As you may know, last year the General Assembly passed a bill — the “Pollinator Habitat Plans” law — requiring several state agencies to establish a pollinator habitat on lands they own or manage, to increase critical habitat for Maryland pollinators. Pollinator health is at risk due, in part, to lack of sufficient habitat.
This year, we are pushing for legislation (SB 386/HB 830) requiring that these habitats be free of toxic pesticides known to harm bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators – so we don’t harm the very species we are trying to protect!
Thanks to the your e-mails and calls to legislators, this legislation was successful in the Maryland Senate, passing with a strong bipartisan majority! Unfortunately, it was significantly weakened in the House of Delegates, and now contains a harmful amendment that makes it much less likely to protect pollinators in these habitat areas.
We will be working to pass the Senate version of the bill before the end of the General Assembly. We are very optimistic that the strong version of the bill will prevail.
You are making a real difference in Maryland. Our progress is directly attributable to your calls and emails. Our sincere thanks for all you do to protect pollinators.
So, stay tuned! We will likely need you to contact legislators again when the time is right to urge them to support pollinator protection.
To read more about this legislation, check out our fact sheet.