AN ACT TO CLARIFY THE AUTHORITY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ADOPT ORDINANCES RELATED TO BEE HIVES AND TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES TO STUDY STRATEGIES FOR PROTECTING AND SUPPORTING POLLINATORS.
Enacts new GS 106-645 prohibiting local governments from adopting or continuing in effect any ordinance or resolution prohibiting any person or entity from owning or possessing five or fewer bee hives.
Requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to study five specified issues including how the state can increase habitat for pollinators on Department of Transportation rights-of-way and other state property, whether it is appropriate to require planting pollinator-friendly vegetation on easements on state owned lands as a condition on the easement, and other strategies for increasing protection of and supporting existing populations of pollinators. Requires a report to the Environmental Review Commission by March 1, 2016, and specifies items that must be included in the report.
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