Bee forage bill among two Eggman bills signed Tuesday

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SACRAMENTO – A bill directing the state to provide forage habitat for bees, and authored by a beekeeper’s daughter, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill, Assembly Bill 2185, directs the Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider permitted beekeeping on DFW lands, where appropriate, and requires the department to identify wild lands appropriate for bees to forage. It also grants the department the authority to determine a fee for permits, the proceeds of which are directed to the Wildlife Restoration Fund.

A lack of suitable land upon which to forage is among those factors thought by scientists to recent drastic reductions in bee populations, known as Colony Collapse Disorder.

Eggman’s late father was a farmer and beekeeper, and she was determined to address the survival of bees, vital to the ongoing viability of agriculture and the health of the environment, in this session.

Along with AB 2185, the governor also signed AB 2490, which reduces regulatory and financial burdens for small and mid-sized fairs.

For more information, contact Christian Burkin at Christian.Burkin@asm.ca.gov or (916) 319-2423.