Bill Increasing Pesticide Fines Turns Into Working Group
Lawmakers voted to send a bill to the governor on Wednesday that would create a working group to look into penalties for misusing pesticides.
The original bill would have increased the maximum fines for farmers and others who abuse products like dicamba — a controversial weed killer that can drift off of fields and kill neighboring crops.
But the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston), says lawmakers and pesticide users couldn’t agree on how high those fines should be. He says they compromised by leaving fines as they are, but creating a working group to study the issue.
“To report back to the legislature by Dec. 1 on their recommendations how we can better deal with this in the next session,” Lehe says.
A similar state bill would have doubled maximum penalties for those who misuse pesticides, but it failed in a Senate committee.
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