Children at schools and day-care centers in Massachusetts will be the beneficiaries of the nation’s strongest pesticide protections under a bill passed by the state Senate, according to environmental activists and attorneys.

“This will be the toughest law in the country in terms of protecting children from exposure to pesticides in these settings,” said Paul Burns, a MassPIRG attorney and leader of a drive to put a similar anti-pesticide question on the November ballot. That question could be averted with passage of a law this spring accomplishing its goals.

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