Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association

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Pennsylvania Plant and Pollinator Protection Act

Updated 05/24/2024 - PSBA has been working on (and endorses) the new PA Plant and Pollinator Protection Act to replace the existing bee law.  We received formal confirmation that Senator Carolyn Comitta has introduced the Plant and Pollinator Protection Act.  It now has a bill number, SB 1198and has been referred to the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. 

Here are some additional documents as a condensed summary and talking points for stakeholders.

It will be important that your legislators hear from you directly. Please contact and/or send letters of support to your state senator asking them to support SB 1198.

Below are points you could highlight in your letter/correspondence to your state senator. Please see the attached legislative summary, co-sponsor memo, and talking points for additional information about SB 1198.

  *   Your understanding of why passing the Plant and Pollinator Protection Act is important

  *   How your work in the industry will improve if the bill passes

  *   The impacts of the bill not passing

  *   Affirm how the Department of Agriculture’s fees are necessary for your operation

  *   Explain any challenges you have had with the regulations in the Bee Law and/or the Plant Pest Act

We will discuss the new bill at our Summer Picnic at Knoebels, see below.  

PSBA Summer Picnic - July 20, 2024

Our family-friendly summer picnic will begin at 10am on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at Knoebels.  We will have a business meeting, show & tell, great food & drink, and a presentation about Overwintering Bee Hives Indoors in Pennsylvania, which is a grant research project occurring Nov 1, 2023 to March 30, 2024 - we will learn the results from year 1.

Knoebels Amusement Resort is a family-owned and operated amusement park, picnic grove, and campground in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1926, it is United States' largest free-admission park.

"Turn your Knoebels visit into a family vacation. We have accommodations to match the uniqueness of your lifestyle. Pitch your tent, park your RV, stay in one of our rustic log cabins, or book a night at our quaint bed and breakfast. Your perfect Knoebels adventure is ready when you are!"  For more information visit https://www.knoebels.com/.

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