Article posted on November 21, 2018

Support Apiary Immunity Legislation in Ohio – Sign Petition by Nov. 25!

From the Pollinator Stewardship Council:

Pollinator Stewardship CouncilDear Ohio Beekeepers,

HB 392 needs your help to “get out of committee!”

The Ohio State Beekeepers Association, Inc. (OSBA) heard Ohio beekeepers buzzing for a bill, similar to West Virginia’s, that would grant apiary owners immunity from certain torts related to stinging incidents. Beginning in June 2017, OSBA worked with Representative Dick Stein to create the Apiary Owners Immunity Bill (HB 392). After securing co-sponsors for the bill, Rep. Stein introduced HB 392 in the House in Oct. 2017. It received five hearings and was approved by the Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor House Committee. An email campaign by OSBA and Ohio beekeepers helped secure a floor vote in the House to pass HB 392 in March 2018.

In April of 2018 the bill was referred to the Senate Agriculture Committee, where it has received three hearings with supportive testimony from OSBA, individual beekeepers, and Farm Bureau.

We need your help again to encourage the Senate Agriculture Committee to hold a vote to send HB 392 out of the Committee to the full Senate.

Ohio beekeepers need to speak for our honey bees, and encourage the Senate Agriculture Committee to vote in favor of HB 392.

Together we make the beekeeper’s voice heard!

OSBA is collecting signatures on a letter to each of the Senate Agriculture Committee members- please add your name today.

Deadline to add your name to the letter is Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

Click here to sign the petition!