The landmark pesticide bill passed the Montgomery County Council on Ocrober 6 with a 6-3 vote. Per County law, County Executive Ike Leggett has ten days after the bill is sent to him by the Council to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his signature.
Leggett hasn’t acted yet, and on the assumption that he got the bill no later than October 9 as called for under county law, tomorrow is the last day for him to veto it.
There were rumblings while the bill was pending that Leggett didn’t like some parts of the bill, and he was still grumbling after it was passed. This is a landmark piece of legislation that will save lives and protect children from the risks associated with pesticide exposure, so if you can, I know there’s more than a few activists that worked really hard on this bill that would appreciate you dropping Leggett an email urging him not to veto the bill. It so happens that I’m going to be in a meeting tonight with Mike Riley, head of the county’s Parks department, so if I can I’ll have an update later if I learn anything interesting about what’s going to happen tomorrow.