Position in Brief
The League of Women Voters of Illinois supports the reduction of exposure to all pesticides and urges the use of non-toxic alternatives.
Governmental bodies should encourage a reduction in pesticide use through the promotion of management programs such as integrated pest management, sustainable agriculture and non-toxic control techniques.
The Structural Pest Control Act - Re-enactment (HB4407) was introduced in the Illinois House by Representative Elizabeth Coulson to amend the Structural Pest Control Act and provide for the continuation and re-enactment of the Act from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2009. On January 1, 2008, the Structural Pest Control Act expired after legislation to extend a sunset provision did not pass. This Act governs the indoor application of pesticides and enforces provisions for the implementation of an integrated pest management (IPM) program in schools and childcare centers.
In the 1990s, local Leagues worked with their school districts in the implementation of IPM policies. In 1999 the LWVIL participated in a campaign organized by the Safer Pest Control Project and with the coalition formed lobbied successfully for the amendment to the Structural Pest Control Act requiring the adoption of an IPM program in schools.
HB4407 passed both the Illinois House and Illinois Senate (5/20/2008) and was sent to the Governor on 6/18/2008. Thanks to League members who helped make HB4407 one of the few environmental legislative successes in the 2008 Spring Legislative Session.
Although spring 2007 was one of the most productive legislative sessions in years for important environmental policy issues, the 2008 Spring Session adjourned on May 31 with much work still uncompleted and very few successes. During the 2008 Spring Legislative Session, the Illinois League focused its attention on natural resources issues related to pesticides, toxics, and climate change.