ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland work group studying pesticide use is holding its first meeting.

The Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group is scheduled to meet in Annapolis on Tuesday.

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The Legislature created the panel this year.

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It is tasked with evaluating the latest scientific research and address stakeholders’ concerns and questions. The work group also is charged with making recommendations on gathering information about pesticide use in the state.

Preliminary findings are due by the end of December. A final report is due in July 2014.

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