Advocating for Honeybee and Pollinator Protections 

CMBA has been a voice for protecting bees in Maryland

CMBA and its member beekeepers have worked to achieve passage of these honeybee protections in Maryland:

  • 2016: Pollinator Protection Act – reducing toxicity in residential landscape for bees by banning bee-killing neonicotinoids in consumer outdoor garden products
  • 2017: State Pollinator Habitat – making state lands designated for pollinators safe from pesticides that harm them
  • 2020: Chlorpyrifos Ban – the second deadliest pesticide for bees and brain-harming for children, prevents all uses in food and landscapes
  • 2021: Fixed the Loophole in Pollinator Protection Act – corrected unclear language used by some retailers to continue sales to consumers, even though it is illegal for consumers to use neonic-containing products

In 2016, Central Maryland Beekeepers Association was recognized for its work on the Pollinator Protection Act and were the 2016 recipients of the “Environmental Advocate of the Year” award from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters.

The Legislative Committee also educates the public and beekeepers on safer and effective alternatives that do not harm bees and promotes pollinator habitat in our state.

If you are interested in this area of beekeeping, contact Bonnie Raindrop, Legislative Chair, legislate@centralmarylandbees.org