Dent’s pesticide application work group legislation passes House

On Monday the state House of Representatives passed legislation that would establish a Pesticide Application Safety Committee.

House Bill 1725, sponsored by Rep. Tom Dent, 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.

“The work group came back with a number of recommendations including the establishment of the committee and increasing the education provided to applicators and farm workers,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “The legislation would also establish how state agencies collect, track and share data. We have a number of agencies collecting information on pesticide applications but the information isn't being shared so all the agencies can utilize it.”

The 11-member Pesticide Application Safety Committee would consist of:

  • 11 members with legislators from both chambers and caucuses;
  • state agency heads from the Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Industries, and the Public Lands Commissioner;
  • 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.

“The legislation also creates an advisory work group made up of stakeholders to support the committee, collect the information and make recommendations to the committee,” said Dent. “A lot of work went into this legislation. I am hopeful this will address pesticide application safety issues and community concerns.”

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.


Washington State House Republican Communications