MACo Submits Amicus Brief on Montgomery Pesticide Ban Appeal

MACo and the Maryland Municipal League have jointly submitted an amicus curiae brief (2018-06-21) to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in a Montgomery County case involving a local ban on the use of lawn-care pesticides. The issues raised by the case concern local government autonomy and preemption. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Montgomery … Continue reading MACo Submits Amicus Brief on Montgomery Pesticide Ban Appeal

Montgomery Pesticide Ban Struck Down as Preempted

Montgomery County’s ban on a wide range of pesticide use has been struck down in Circuit Court. The Judge, Terrence McGann, opined that state laws governing pesticide use effectively occupy the field, and that local restrictions are not allowable. From coverage in Bethesda Beat: The county law, set to go into effect in January, would … Continue reading Montgomery Pesticide Ban Struck Down as Preempted

Montgomery Lawn Pesticide Ban Passes, Draws Wide Attention

The Montgomery County Council this week passed a ban on private use of most commonly-used pesticides, drawing national attention and interest as the first major local jurisdiction to do so. An October 6 summary from the county media site MCMedia explains the bill’s effect and timing: The Montgomery County Council passed Bill 52-14 by a 6 to … Continue reading Montgomery Lawn Pesticide Ban Passes, Draws Wide Attention

AG’s Office Believes State Law Preempts Montgomery County Pesticide Ban

An April 29 Gazette.net article reported that the Maryland Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has determined that most of a Montgomery County proposed ban on “nonessential” pesticide use would be preempted by State law.  The determination was  requested by Delegate Kirill Reznik on behalf of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau.  The Farm Bureau opposes the bill as … Continue reading AG’s Office Believes State Law Preempts Montgomery County Pesticide Ban

Court of Special Appeals Hears Montgomery Pesticide Preemption Case

A panel of Maryland Court of Special Appeal judges will determine whether state law preempts counties from regulating pesticide applications after hearing oral arguments in the case of Montgomery County v. Complete Lawn Care on September 11, 2018. MACo and the Maryland Municipal League, concerned about the broader local preemption issues involved in the case, submitted … Continue reading Court of Special Appeals Hears Montgomery Pesticide Preemption Case

Keeping Bugs Out of the Ballgame: Pesticide Use on Recreational Fields

Learn about how pesticides are regulated and applied to county park and recreation fields and the potential health concerns they pose at the 2015 MACo December Winter Conference. As previously reported on Conduit Street, a Maryland House of Delegates workgroup has been studying a proposal to ban the use of lawn care pesticides and herbicides at day care … Continue reading Keeping Bugs Out of the Ballgame: Pesticide Use on Recreational Fields

House Workgroup Hears Testimony on Pesticide Use on Recreational and School Lands

On October 28, 2015, county representatives testified before a House Environment and Transportation Committee Pesticides Workgroup on the use of pesticides by county park and recreation departments.  The Workgroup is reviewing proposed legislation from the 2015 Session (HB 995)that would have banned the use of pesticides and herbicides at schools, recreational fields used by minors, … Continue reading House Workgroup Hears Testimony on Pesticide Use on Recreational and School Lands

MACo Argues for County Choice on Using Synthetic Turf

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp testified in opposition to legislation against the use of synthetic turf fields before the House Appropriations Committee on February 8, 2018. The bill, HB 505, was sponsored by Delegate Aruna Miller. HB 505 would require the state or local unit that is constructing a playground or athletic field … Continue reading MACo Argues for County Choice on Using Synthetic Turf