Please support this bill. It has been introduced Feb. 11th and is in education committee now. Please ask your representative and Gov.Newsom to support this important bill to protect our most vulnerable, our children. This would act to add Article 5 (commencing with Section 17618) to Chapter 5 of Part 10.5 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, relating to pesticides.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
This bill would prohibit lawn care pesticides from being used on the outdoor spaces or playgrounds of schoolsites unless an emergency pesticide application is necessary due to an imminent threat to public health. The bill would require the department to establish organic
landscape management practices for schoolsites and, on a quarterly basis, seek the advice and counsel of experts and scientists in the fields of turf and landscape management, maintenance of trees and shrubs, organic pest management, and integrated pest management protocols on fulfilling the requirements of these provisions. The bill would require the department to prioritize the implementation and enforcement of these provisions to protect school children, families, staff, and communities from the harmful effects of toxic chemical maintenance at schoolsites. Commencing January 1, 2021, the bill would require schoolsites to comply with the established organic landscape management practices. By imposing additional duties on local educational agencies in regard to their outdoor pesticide use, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
Vote: MAJORITY Appropriation: NO Fiscal Committee: YES Local Program: YES