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City Council OKs Study of Backyard Beekeeping

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday ordered a study of legalizing backyard beekeeping in the city, a response to a growing chorus of Angelenos advocating for “urban beekeeping.”

The study would look into permitting Angelenos to engage in “beekeeping” in single-family residential areas.

The council voted 15-0 in favor of the study, with Councilman Mitchell Englander declaring, “if we don’t vote for it, it will be a buzzkill.”

The council also approved a motion calling for the city to explore more humane ways to deal with bees, rather than extermination, and a resolution supporting federal protections for bees against pesticides.