On Tuesday, November 17, the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture will hold a public hearing for a trio of bills relating to pollinator health: H. 731, H. 3417, and H. 655. A previous CLF blog post outlined the importance of pollinator health, detailed the alarming recent decline in honey bee numbers, and summarized the content of the three pollinator health bills.
CLF applauds the legislature for taking action to protect pollinator health and urges them to do so in an effective and comprehensive manner. To this end, CLF will submit testimony at the upcoming public meeting giving our support to the content of the individual bills. Our testimony includes suggestions that aim to bolster the efficacy of the individual bills by incorporating their individual objectives into one bill. The text of our written testimony is found here. We encourage you to voice your own support for pollinator health legislation by contacting the committee members individually. You are welcome to draw from CLF’s comments and formulate your own. The committee member’s email addresses are found here. The hearing will be in room A-2 of the Massachusetts State House at 1:00 PM – we hope to see you there!