Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybees buzzes over to Senate

Strom Peterson
Strom Peterson

After passing the Washington State House of Representatives 67-31 on a bipartisan vote, Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybee colonies and preserve pollen-rich food source is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee.

House Bill 1654 would direct the state noxious weed control board to conduct a pilot project to replace invasive weed species with native, high-pollen producing plants.

“Noxious and invasive weeds are a problem we need to eradicate, but removing these high-pollen producing weeds has an unintentional side effect on honeybee populations,” Peterson said. “By replacing high-pollen noxious weeds with high-pollen local plants, we can clean up our environment while not causing damage to the bee population.”

Wednesday’s hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. You can track the bill’s progress here.

One Reply to “Rep. Strom Peterson’s bill to protect honeybees buzzes over to Senate”

  1. Great works, Strom. The recycling of paint has long been a wonderful program in Portland, so kudos on that bill too!


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