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Date: Thu, 7 May 2020 10:51:44 -0400
From: Nancy E. Burke <nanburke...>
Subject: [MassLep] FW: New Bill Would Grant Broad Powers for Pesticide Spraying

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Something our group should be aware of and take action against. Charlie
Baker is the sponsor of this bill. MACC is the Massachusetts Association of
Conservation Commissions.



Nan Burke



New Bill Would Grant Broad Powers for Pesticide Spraying

Sourced from MACC on May 1, 2020

MACC recently learned about an emergency bill proposed by Governor Baker
about spraying for EEE: H.4650, <https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H4650>
"An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth". MACC opposes the bill,
considering it a broad overreach. H. 4650 would exempt the State Reclamation
and Mosquito Control Board from all state laws and allow them to conduct
mosquito eradication measures anywhere in the Commonwealth, even if
municipalities do not want spraying in their towns. The bill would allow the
Mosquito Control Board to do this work based on a determination from DPH
that there might be an elevated risk of mosquito borne disease in the next
year. The bill has no sunset clause, and would overrule all other statutes
(including the Pesticide Control Act, Massachusetts Endangered Species Act,
water supply protection laws, Open Meeting Law, Public Records Act, etc.) as
well as decisions by municipalities to not join a regional district because
they don't want nuisance mosquito spraying. This bill would also overrule
private property requests for exclusion from spraying. Inadvertent impacts
from spraying are not considered, and there are no requirements for
notification to communities or property owners prior to spraying. Comments
on the bill can be submitted to <Jay.Newsome...>
<mailto:<Jay.Newsome...> and <Brian.Rosman...>
<mailto:<Brian.Rosman...> no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May
11, 2020. Put "PUBLIC HEALTH TESTIMONY H4650" in the subject line of the
email and include your name, title, organization name, address and telephone
number. Read MACC's comments on H.4650 here
<https://files.constantcontact.com/6e3790be001/979d1d55-ab71-4674-905c-43854
37c0031.pdf> , and find a sample letter to send to legislators here
<https://files.constantcontact.com/6e3790be001/2ae5b896-ce76-494b-92e3-2f6f5
1cb5fe3.docx> .



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yle=3D'color:#1F497D'>Something our group should be aware of and take actio=
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oNormal><span style=3D'color:#1F497D'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=
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ily:"Candara",sans-serif;color:black'>New Bill Would Grant Broad Powers for=
Pesticide Spraying</span></i></strong><span style=3D'font-size:14.0pt;font=
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Sourced from MACC on May 1, 2020 </span></em><span style=3D'font-size:12.0p=
t;font-family:"Candara",sans-serif;color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p cl=
ass=3DMsoNormal><span style=3D'font-family:"Candara",sans-serif;color:black=
'>MACC recently learned about an emergency bill proposed by Governor Baker =
about spraying for EEE:&nbsp;<strong><span style=3D'font-family:"Candara",s=
ans-serif'><a href=3D"https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H4650" target=3D"=
_blank">H.4650, &quot;An Act to Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealth</a>&=
quot;</span></strong>. MACC opposes the bill, considering it a broad overre=
ach. H. 4650 would exempt the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board =
from all state laws&nbsp;and allow them to conduct mosquito eradication mea=
sures anywhere in the Commonwealth, even if municipalities do not want spra=
ying in their towns. The bill would allow the Mosquito Control Board to do =
this work based on a determination from DPH that there&nbsp;might be&nbsp;a=
n elevated risk of mosquito borne disease in the next year. The bill has no=
sunset clause, and&nbsp;would overrule all other statutes (including the P=
esticide Control Act, Massachusetts Endangered Species Act, water supply pr=
otection laws, Open Meeting Law, Public Records Act, etc.) as well as decis=
ions by municipalities to not join a regional district because they don't w=
ant nuisance mosquito spraying.&nbsp; This bill would also overrule private=
property requests for exclusion from spraying. Inadvertent impacts from sp=
raying are not considered, and there are no requirements for notification t=
o communities or property owners prior to spraying. Comments on the bill ca=
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house.gov</a> and&nbsp;<a href=3D"mailto:<Brian.Rosman...>">Brian.R=
<osman...></a> no later than&nbsp;5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020=
.&nbsp; Put&nbsp;&quot;PUBLIC HEALTH TESTIMONY H4650&quot; in the subject l=
ine of the email and include your name, title, organization name, address a=
nd telephone number. Read MACC's comments on H.4650 <a href=3D"https://file=
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