Just saw this bill which has been introduced to committee (https://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2020/H.205) making the rounds in online beekeeping groups. I'm about to start beekeeping myself this year. It doesn't look like you're a sponsor or on the committee, but if you could consider and possibly forward my comments to the right individuals it would be appreciated!
I think the portions on the pesticides are great.
The only part I really take issue with are the loose requirements for § 3023a. CERTIFIED BEEKEEPER. I do not like that it is up to the discretion of the Secretary to determine what is valid training. I believe if this is the case, the state must provide the training itself and it should be available online.
While I will personally be exempt under the language as written, since my bees will be registered before July 1 2019, I would hate for future bee keepers to be kept from the hobby by requiring folks in the southern part of the state to attend trainings that may not be widely available (say, only in northern VT and only a handful of times a year). For example, I would love to attend some local bee keeping classes but most of them are over in NH and I have to be home with our son on the dates it is available.
If certification is going to be required it ought to be cheap and easily accessible.
My last recommendation for this bill is that the existing annual registration / report be available through an online portal. I don't see a reason why it has to be printed out and mailed in this day and age.