Hawaii Senate panel takes up pesticide bills

Hawaii Senate panel takes up pesticide bills

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are considering a group of bills that aim to boost the regulation of pesticides.

One proposal in the Senate would make companies that use pesticides observe buffer zones around schools and hospitals. A similar bill in the House was opposed by seed companies Dow Agrosciences and DuPont.

Another Senate bill would seek more disclosures from companies about how and when they're spraying pesticides.

A panel of lawmakers in several Senate committees are considering the bills on Wednesday afternoon.

Before the hearing, employees of Dow, DuPont and other agriculture companies plan to deliver papayas to lawmakers and to Gov. David Ige.

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