Source: Larry Altman, The Independent
Alameda County – A handful of Tri-Valley Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s bills are now on their way to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.
One that recently passed the state legislature was Assembly Bill (AB) 2146, which is designed to limit the use of five pesticides that kill bees, birds and butterflies. The Senate voted 30-4 on Aug. 29 to pass AB 2146. The next day, the Assembly concurred 53-18.
If Newsom signs it into law, the action will curb the use of neonicotinoid, or neonic, pesticides in non-agricultural settings, such as home gardens and golf courses.
“Our pollinators are dying,” Bauer-Kahan said in a statement. “We know the cause, and it’s time to take action. The European Union has already banned many of these pesticides altogether. We need to catch up to the rest of the world in protecting bees and human health.”