- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to take pesticides found to harm bees off retail shelves in Maryland will go into law without the governor’s signature.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced five vetoes Friday as he approached a deadline to either sign or veto legislation - or let bills become law without his signature. The pesticide measure wasn’t among Hogan’s vetoes.

The Maryland law will take effect in 2018. It limits the use of pesticides with chemicals known as neonics to certified applicators, farmers and veterinarians.

Maryland’s legislature was the first in the country to pass such legislation. Connecticut quickly followed with a similar bill. Other states are considering measures. Maryland Pesticide Education Network Executive Director Ruth Berlin says the Maryland bill creates a model for other states to follow.

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