Senator Jaquez Lewis and Senator Priola, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-131. The bill restricts the use of pesticides on the grounds of schools, preschool programs, child care centers, and childrenâs resident camps, and requires notifications when pesticides are applied. It requires the Department of Natural Resources to study pollinator decline in the state, and creates a pilot grant program in the Department of Agriculture to test noncoated seed-applied systemic insecticides on crops. The Commissioner of Agriculture is required to adopt rules to classify certain neonicotinoid and sulfoximine pesticides as restricted-use pesticides by March 1, 2023.
Senator Jaquez Lewis presented amendment L.003 (Attachment D), a strike-below amendment.