While pre-session predictions suggested that pollinator legislation would hibernate with the Republican takeover of the Minnesota House, some bee preservation language is making its way in St. Paul.
HF390, introduced on Monday by Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) and co-authored by three DFlers, would fund a Minnesota Native Bee Atlas.
Land acquired in fee with money appropriated in this section must not be planted or otherwise treated with a product that contains a pollinator lethal insecticide, as defined under Minnesota Statutes, section 18H.02, subdivision 28a."
Offered by bill co-author Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), the amendment addresses conservationists' concerns that "Legacy" lands become pollinator-friendly refuges.
On Thursday, H. F. 411 a bill establishing a pollinator-friendly neighborhood program was introduced by Jean Wagenius (DFL-Minneapolis), John Persell (DFL-Bemidji) and Hansen. The measure would allow neighborhoods in communities that used criteria modeled by the the Department of Natural Resources to work together as healthy bee habitat.
The measure does not yet have a senate companion.
Bluestem will keep an eye out for other pollinator-related legislation.
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