Maryland Lacks Appropriate Systems to Track COVID Cases Among Poultry, Migrant, and Seasonal Farm and Food Workers

Marylanders for Food and Farm Worker Protection Coalition calls on the state to adopt new measures to help curb infectious diseases by collecting better COVID-19 data for the poultry industry and migrant seasonal food and farm workers May 24, 2022, Annapolis, Md. – Right now, migrant and seasonal farm workers are arriving in Maryland to […]

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Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act Passes State Legislature, Safeguarding Food and Farm Workers During Enduring Pandemic

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A victory for temporary emergency protections, but more work to be done to protect food and farm workers  April 13, 2021, Annapolis, MD — Last night, the Maryland legislature gave final approval to the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act (HB 581 / SB 486), which is a small victory for essential workers, including food and […]

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General Assembly Passes Bill to Fix Pollinator Protection Act

Technical fix protects bees, pollinators, and Maryland’s food supply April 12, 2021, Annapolis, MD – Today, the Maryland General Assembly gave final passage to legislation (HB208 / SB375) that will provide a critical technical fix to the bipartisan 2016 Pollinator Protection Act to end all consumer use of outdoor, home, lawn, and garden products that contain neonicotinoid (or neonic) pesticide, as the […]

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New Maryland Coalition Calls on Governor Hogan To Protect Food and Farm Workers

  Over 100 groups form the Marylanders for Food and Farm Worker Protection Coalition call for executive order providing COVID-19 protections for poultry, seafood, and agricultural workers. September 3, 2020, Eastern Shore, MD — Today, a new coalition of over 100 groups fighting for workers’ rights launched its campaign calling on Governor Hogan to issue an […]

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2017 Pollinator Habitat Bill Signed Into Law

  New Maryland Law Will Protect State Pollinator Habitat Law signed today will ban harmful pesticides on state designated pollinator habitat   Annapolis, MD (May 25, 2017) – Today Governor Larry Hogan will sign SB 386/HB 830, sponsored by Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam (D-44) and Delegate Anne Healey (D-22), which prohibits pesticides known to harm pollinators […]

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Update on Pollinator Protection Legislation in Maryland

As you may know, in 2016 the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill — the “Pollinator Habitat Plans” law — requiring several state agencies to establish a pollinator habitat on lands they own or manage, to increase critical habitat for Maryland pollinators. Pollinator health is at risk due, in part, to lack of sufficient habitat.    In […]

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Support the 2016 Pollinator Protection Act

  We have a bill! The 2016 Pollinator Protection Act (SB 198 & HB 211) has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly. The 2016 Pollinator Protection Act requires retailers to curb sales of neonic pesticides and and let consumers know when they are buying plants or seeds treated with them. These reasonable steps will […]

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Progress on the 2015 Pollinator Protection Act

  Though we were disappointed that the Pollinator Protection Act (Senate Bill 163/House Bill 605) did not pass this legislative session, we are pleased to report that we’ve built a lot of momentum to restrict neonicotinoid (“neonics”) pesticides in 2016. Pressure brought by industry and big Ag, out to protect their financial stakes, prevailed in […]

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Governor O’Malley Signs Funding Bill for Pesticide Reporting

  On May 15, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley brought Maryland one step closer to having much-needed information about pesticide usage by signing House Bill 621 / Senate Bill 700 into law, which establishes funding for pesticide reporting. As advocates cheered the bill signing, they also released a new video about the need for scientifically valid […]

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Maryland General Assembly Establishes Funding for Pesticide Reporting

  Advocates Say HB 621 / SB 700 is Step toward Scientifically Valid Pesticide Reporting (Annapolis, MD) – The Maryland General Assembly has given final passage to Senate Bill 700, legislation that generates revenue for professional pesticide usage reporting through a modest increase on the annual pesticide manufacturers’ product registration fee. A final floor vote […]

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