June 27, 2023, Introduced by Reps. Rheingans, Steckloff, Byrnes, Miller, Hood, Hope, Price, Weiss, Dievendorf, Breen and Farhat and referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled

"Natural resources and environmental protection act,"

(MCL 324.101 to 324.90106) by adding section 8307g.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 8307g. (1) Beginning 1 year after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section, a person shall not use a neonicotinoid pesticide on public land. This subsection does not apply if both of the following occur:

(a) A valid environmental emergency exists.

(b) Any other pesticide that is not a neonicotinoid pesticide would be less effective in addressing the environmental emergency.

(2) Within 1 year after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section, the department shall report to the legislature on the latest published and peer-reviewed evidence on whether the outdoor application of neonicotinoid pesticides is safe for monarch butterflies, other pollinators, beneficial insects, the environment, and public health.

(3) The governing body of a local unit of government may enact an ordinance that regulates the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and imposes stricter requirements than the prohibition described under subsection (1).

(4) As used in this section:

(a) "Neonicotinoid pesticide" means a class of pesticides that affects the central nervous system of an insect and includes any of the following active ingredients:

(i) Acetamiprid.

(ii) Clothianidin.

(iii) Dinotefuran.

(iv) Imidacloprid.

(v) Thiacloprid.

(vi) Thiamethoxam.

(b) "Valid environmental emergency" means a sudden onset disaster or accident that results from natural, technological, or human-induced factors, or a combination of factors, and causes or threatens to cause severe environmental damage and loss of human lives and property.