Proposed Right-To-Know Pesticide Legislation

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House Bill 4841 was introduced in June by Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) that would allow residents to sign up and be notified when a commercial applicator sprays lawn or ornamental pesticides immediately adjacent to their property. Currently, only those individuals with a physician's certification meeting specific criteria are able to register for the state's pesticide notification registry. The Ann Arbor News quoted Irwin as stating that his "bill provides Michigan residents the right to know when their household may be exposed to harmful chemical applied near their property. By providing an opt-in, people are given the freedom to make informed decisions about their health."

The statutory language appears to be limited to lawn and ornamental pesticides, but could be expanded to agricultural applications in the future.