Dent legislation to create pesticide advisory board voted unanimously out of policy committee

Legislation that would create a pesticide advisory board was unanimously voted out of the House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee this week before the policy committee cutoff on Thursday.

House Bill 1993, introduced by Rep. Tom Dent, would create the Pesticide Advisory Board to ensure there is significant community and stakeholder engagement.

“It is critical to have an advisory board with members who have firsthand knowledge of pesticides and their use. The department needs the best input and feedback available,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “A formal and permanent advisory board to advise the Department of Agriculture on pesticide-related actions should result in more fair and consistent regulations, rather than rely on agency officials who may not have as much knowledge on the issues as stakeholders.”

The board would consist of both voting and nonvoting members appointed by the director of the Department of Agriculture. The 18 voting board members appointed by the director represent a variety of interests including:

  • licensed pesticide applicators, pest control professionals, and the agricultural chemical industry;
  • agricultural producers;
  • agricultural labor and farmworker health;
  • the environmental community;
  • one representative from a federally recognized Indian tribe; and
  • state poison control, toxicology, occupational safety and health, and pesticide management officials.

“Our agriculture industry continually faces increased rules and regulations. The hope is the department can make more timely and informed decisions on the pesticide issues,” Dent said.

The bill now awaits a vote by the full House of Representatives.

The 2022 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March 10.

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