Legislation and Advocacy for Pollinators

The Pollinator Pathway advocates for legislation and policies that, directly or indirectly, support pollinator health. Toxic chemicals, whatever their origin, can leach into air, soil and water, all sources of harm to pollinators as well as to ourselves. Plastic and other waste that is not recycled is either incinerated or sent to landfills, polluting air and soil. This page showcases key bills and initiatives across the region that protect pollinators.

 

Please click on the link below to read about municipal actions and ordinances pending or already enacted that you may wish to see taken up in your own town or city.

 

If your town, county, or state has legislation that should be listed, please let us know by emailing

info@pollinator-pathway.org.

2022 Connecticut State Legislative Bills We Hope You Will Support

SB 120 AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF CHLORPYRIFOS ON GOLFCOURSES AND NEONICOTINOIDS FOR NONAGRICULTURAL USE.

Please let your representatives know you support banning the use of these pesticides for cosmetic, non-agricultural uses, such as on lawns, golf courses, and commercial landscapes. 

 

Contact Your Representatives with One Click HERE.

Neonicotinoids or “neonics” are neurotoxic pesticides linked to massive bee and insect losses around the globe and, increasingly, to vast water and soil contamination, ecosystem-wide harms, and human health concerns. Cornell University research reveals that the neonic uses that pose the greatest threats to bees are also those that provide little-to-no benefits to users or are easily replaceable with safer alternatives. SB 120 strengthens CT’s 2016 Pollinator Protection Act by prohibiting these wasteful uses on residential landscapes such as lawns and golf courses. Read more about Neonics here.

Dow’s nerve gas pesticide chlorpyrifos has devastating impacts on our health, children’s developing brains, and our environment. The federal government has banned chlorpyrifos on food crops, but 90% of chlorpyrifos usage in CT is on golf courses for cosmetic purposes. Read more about chlorpyrifos here.

Please take action today by calling your legislators and asking them to support SB 120. 

Here is our letter of support for this bill.

Here is an Action Alert you can share. 

Here is a sample script to use. Feel free to use as is or add your own personal thoughts:

“As your constituent, I am asking you today to please support SB120, An Act Concerning the Use of Chlorpyrifos on Golf Courses and Neonicotinoids for Nonagricultural use. Please consider signing on as a co-sponsor and urging your colleagues to call SB120 to a vote. Connecticut has not taken action on pesticides since 2016. Now is the time to Update Connecticut’s 2016 Pollinator Protection Act by banning neonicotinoids for all non agricultural uses. “Neonics” are neurotoxic pesticides linked to massive bee and insect losses around the globe and, increasingly, to vast water and soil contamination, ecosystem-wide harms, and human health concerns.  We must also Ban Chlorpyrifos on Golf Courses. Dow’s nerve gas pesticide chlorpyrifos has devastating impacts on our health, children’s developing brains, and our environment. The federal government has banned chlorpyrifos on food, but 90% of chlorpyrifos usage in CT is on golf courses. I am happy to discuss this further with you and provide you with studies about the toxicity of neonics and chlorpyrifos. Once again please support SB 120.

Connecticut has always been a leader in passing crucial legislation to restrict pesticide use, but it has been five years since any new pesticide laws have been passed. We are up against a powerful industry that has tremendous power in Hartford. The only way our legislators will take action to PROTECT PEOPLE, PETS AND POLLINATORS IS IF THEY HEAR FROM US!  

 

SB 240  AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF SODIUM CHLORIDE TO MITIGATE SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS-SUPPORT 

High salt concentrations due to winter de-icing efforts are an increasing threat to the public water supply and private wells. Roads, large parking lots and other impervious surfaces, both public and privately owned are sometimes heavily treated with de-icing salts that drain directly into our water bodies. Rising chloride concentrations are a real and increasing threat to our rivers and to plants and wildlife throughout the State.

Green Snow Pro Certification is a real win-win, allowing municipalities and private contractors to save thousands of dollars in reduced salt expenditures while saving our environment and drinking water! 

Please ask your representatives to support passage of SB 240, whose purpose is to provide training, certification and protection from liability for applicators of sodium chloride who use best practices when applying sodium chloride.  Please also ask that the language pertaining to drinking water be broadened generally to include both surface and groundwater.

Here is our letter of support for this bill. 

 

HB 5143 AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN OFFICE OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

 

Connecticut’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has recently released a special report: “Invasives: Previously Described and Newly Arrived” on the topic of invasive species in our state. Many invasive species identified as problems 20 years ago have continued to spread, new invasive species have appeared, and more are on the way. This is adversely impacting all our state’s land and water ecosystems. Our state must ramp up its efforts to seek solutions to these growing threats. Unfortunately, there have been far too few resources dedicated to this problem for many years.

HB 5140 AN ACT CONCERNING THE HAND-HARVESTING OF HORSESHOE CRABS IN THE STATE.

 

To prohibit the hand-harvesting of horseshoe crabs and horseshoe crab eggs from the waters and shoreline of the state in order to protect the horseshoe crab population. Horseshoe crab eggs provide food for migratory birds. Important testimony about the bill. 

 

SB 117 AN ACT CONCERNING TREE REMOVAL ON PROPERTIES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

 

Please support this bill to improve transparency and establish standards for the removal of trees and shrubs that constitute an immediate public hazard at state parks and campgrounds. This will be a part of a larger shift that recognizes trees as key assets instead of liabilities. We must reevaluate how we assign risk to trees so that they are not taken down without the authority of a licensed arborist.

Important testimony about the bill. 

 

Additional Information and Resources

Useful Phone Numbers

CT DEEP Commissioner, Katie Dykes: 860.424.3001

House Democrats – 860-240-8500

House Republicans – 860-240-8700

Senate Democrats – 860-240-8600

Senate Republicans – 860-240-8800

 

Not sure who your elected officials are?  CLICK HERE 

A list of Members of the CGA Environment Committee can be found here

Email address for submission of written testimony to the Environment Committee: envtestimony@cga.ct.gov

 

To receive updates on proposed legislation, sign up for action alerts from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. The annual summit of the CLCV, which takes place at the start of each year’s legislative session, brings together lawmakers, advocates, policy experts and members to the public. The summit is a not-to-be missed opportunity to learn about key environmental issues facing the CGA in the upcoming session!

 

New York Please Support the Birds and Bees Protection Act
Join the In-Person Lobby Day in Albany April 27

  • New Yorkers please support the Birds and Bees Protection Act which would place a ban on the use of neonics on ornamental plants and turf grass and on the sale or purchase of neonic-treated corn, soybean, and wheat seeds, which represent 73% of the neonics used in NY State agriculture. The bill from 2021 and was reintroduced in January 2022. Residents of New York are urged to contact their representatives in support.

  • More on why neonics are so harmful to pollinators, birds, fish and human health here. 

  • A fact sheet from NRDC to download and share here. 

  • A petition to sign and share here.

  • The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson has passed a resolution supporting the Birds and Bees Protection Act.

Directory of NY State Reps

Vermont Please Support H. 626, A Bill to Ban Pollinator & Bird-Harming “Neonics”

  • Vermont House bill H.626 proposes a temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Vermont.  

  • TAKE ACTION now by reaching out to local legislators to support Vermont House bill H.626.
    To find your Vermont legislators: click here

New Jersey Passes Landmark Bill to Protect Pollinators from Neonic Pesticides

  • New Jersey bill A2070/S1016, which was passed into law in early 2022, will prohibit outdoor non-agricultural neonic uses, targeting lawn and turf uses by homeowners and professionals. Thank your representatives for this important law!

Directory of NJ State Reps

  Maine Passes Law to Protect Pollinators from Neonic Pesticides

  • In 2021 Maine passed a law  directing the Board of Pesticides Control To Prohibit the Use of Certain Neonicotinoids for Outdoor Residential Use. 

 

 
 
 

Please Send Us Updates and Information from Your State to Add to this Page!

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