Beehive bill stirs buzzing debate in Nevada

A hive of bees, Photo Date: March 20, 2011 Photo: Thangaraj Kumarave / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 via MGN
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Dozens of people swarmed a legislative hearing to show their opposition to a bill that would ban beehives in certain areas of southern Nevada.

Lawmakers heard the legislation Thursday afternoon. Bill supporter Sen. Keith Pickard says honey bees can be dangerous and a nuisance to those with neighbors that keep beehives in dense residential communities.

The Republican lawmaker says dogs have been killed and kids stung repeatedly.

Beekeepers and other opponents argued the bill is an overreach and local ordinances can address any concerns. They say banning beehives would simply lessen the population of a more docile strain of honey bees, which can compete against an aggressive strain of bees. Some argued the legislative ban would expand to northern Nevada if the aggressive strain of honey bee were to move.

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