Governor signs companion version of Rep. Dent’s pesticide application work group legislation

A measure that will establish the Pesticide Application Safety Committee was signed into law by Gov. Inslee on Thursday.

Senate Bill 5550, which passed the Legislature with near unanimous support, is a companion measure to House Bill 1725, sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent.

The legislation is the result of the pesticide application safety work group that met during the interim in 2018. Dent was co-chair of the work group. Sen. Rebecca Saldana, the other co-chair sponsored the Senate bill.

“This was a bipartisan work group that took an in-depth look at a lot of different factors to address pesticide application safety and community concerns,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “The establish of the committee will allow us to continually look at application issues including data reporting and ensuring our state agencies are on the same page.”

The Pesticide Application Safety Committee will consist of:

  • legislators from both chambers and caucuses;
  • state agency heads from Washington State Department of Agriculture, the Washington State Department of Health, the Department of Labor and Industries, and Public Lands;
  • the dean of Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences;
  • the director of the University of Washington Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center; and
  • the pesticide safety education coordinator at the Washington State University cooperative extension.
  • the dean of the Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences;
  • the pesticide safety education coordinator at the Washington State University cooperative extension; and
  • the director of the University of Washington Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center.

“Establishing a plan so our state agencies collect, track and share data the same way will ensure we are working together on this important issue,” said Dent.

The committee must hold its first meeting by September 2019 and must meet at least three times each year and consider methods to reduce meeting costs. The committee must provide an annual report to the Legislature, which may include recommendations.

The bill takes effect at the end of July.

PHOTO: Gov. Inslee signs Senate Bill 5550.

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