A bill that would change the fines for misusing pesticides is headed to Governor Holcomb’s desk. It passed with all but four votes in the House on Monday.
The legislation aims to crack down on people who misuse things like dicamba — a weed killer that’s been known to drift off of farm fields and kill neighboring crops. Under the bill, someone who knowingly misused a restricted-use pesticide could get a $1,000 fine.
But the bill would go easy on people who commit minor violations of less than $500. Depending on the violation, they could work with the state to reduce their fine or be let off with a warning.
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