HB 2619A Ban on certain insecticides

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2619
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HRULES/Overview

This bill bans the sale and use of neonicotinoid insecticides.

Limited Government
Overreach of government. The label is how the law is applied. Most activities are off-label use. There are non-evasive uses, such as to ward off wire worm in seed storage and needle midge in Douglas fir Christmas trees. It’s a tools that is used only when needed to target specific pests. Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They are designed to be toxic to insects and less toxicity on birds and mammals. It’s effective with minor consequences when used as labeled against sap-feeding pests, wood boring pests, fly baits, cockroaches and others. When used as directed, has very little impact on honey bees.

This bill needs scientific study and not knee-jerk reactions. House Bill 3058 direct ODA to study and latest scientific data regarding chlorpyrifos and issue recommendations next year. Regulation is better left to the EPA who is well-equipped to do scientific studies, Oregon is not.

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