Last week, despite resounding grassroots opposition, the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council passed a bill banning a number of commonly used pesticides on public and private property.

The bill, considered one of the most restrictive in the country, prohibits the use of many insect and weed control products frequently relied on by residents and businesses, alike. Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) staff worked tirelessly over the last two years with residents, local businesses and professionals in opposing the ban.

Over 600 letters in opposition to the bill were submitted to the council and approximately 100 individuals opposing the bill attended the final vote on October 6.

CLA and RISE legal staff is continuing to review the bill and is evaluating the industry's options going forward.