AUGUSTA – According to officials about 30 percent of bees in the U.S. have either disappeared or failed to survive to pollinate blossoms in the spring.
Two measures making their way through the State House aim to curtail those numbers in Maine.
One bill would prohibit labeling plants as beneficial to bees if it had been treated with an insecticide that could make it lethal to the pollinators.
Another, would provide compensation to honeybee owners for bee deaths caused by the application of pesticides.
A committee will hold a work session on the bills in the coming weeks before it heads to the full legislature.