Neonicotinoid pesticides; local regulation and notice, penalty. (HB2030)

Introduced By

Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Neonicotinoid pesticides; local regulation and notice; penalty. Requires a person who uses a neonicotinoid pesticide, defined in the bill, to give prior written notice at every address within one-half mile and authorizes the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations to enforce the provisions of the bill. A violation of the failure to give notice is a Class 1 misdemeanor and shall be subject to an additional fine of up to $500,000 if death or serious physical harm to any person is caused by the violation. The bill also authorizes any locality to regulate or prohibit the distribution, possession, or sale of any neonicotinoid or other pesticide that the locality deems harmful to pollinators or to regulate or prohibit any outdoor use in an area that is zoned for residential, business, commercial, or industrial use. A person who violates such ordinance shall be subject to a civil penalty, not to exceed $50 for the first violation or violations arising from the same set of operative facts, and $200 for subsequent violations within a 12-month period, but not to exceed $3,000 within a 12-month period. Read the Bill »


01/20/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102676D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/15/2021Assigned ACNR sub: Agriculture
01/20/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/20/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)

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