Last week, Gov. C. L. Butch Otter signed the first bill of the Legislative session, a back payment for state pest control measures, mostly pesticide spraying to kill a rare invasive potato bug.
Otter signed Senate Bill 1016
, which passed both houses unanimously, on Feb. 10, authorizing $569,700 in "deficiency warrants," emergency funds that were already spent in the last fiscal year and still need to be paid for.
The money paid for Potato Cyst Nematode (pictured above) surveys and treatment in Eastern Idaho ($412,200) as well as gypsy moth, exotic pest and Karnal Bunt (a wheat fungus) surveys.
The bill also pays back $58,300 to the state Military Division for hazardous waste cleanup in the 2008 fiscal year.
Can you just hear the chants of "Pesticides over people?" yet?