Maine lawmakers advance bill to protect bees

With bee populations plummeting, Maine lawmakers have voted to protect our best pollinators.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

With bee populations plummeting, Maine lawmakers have voted to protect our best pollinators.

On April 28, the Maine House and Senate voted to advance a bill that would prohibit certain neonicotinoid, or “neonic,” pesticides for outdoor residential use. Neonics are a dangerous class of bee-killing pesticides that play a significant role in bee die-offs. The restriction could help avoid the “catastrophic collapse of Earth’s ecosystems” that scientists warn would follow the loss of bees. 

“There is no justification for the use of these pesticides for cosmetic purposes in our residential areas; a prettier lawn or rose garden doesn’t cut it,” said Anya Fetcher, Environment Maine state director. “Thousands of Mainers have voiced their support for a ban on bee-killing pesticides, and today’s bipartisan House vote reflects that.”

Environment Maine helped rally more than 10,000 Mainers who signed their support for the bill, which could be signed into law this summer. 

Read more about the vote. 

Learn more about our Save the Bees campaign. 

TAKE ACTION TO SAVE THE BEES

Tell our state Legislature to restrict bee-killing pesticides.

Photo: Environment Maine State Director Anya Fetcher speaks with supporters at a 2019 Save the Bees rally. Credit: Corey Fenders, Fenders Photography

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.