DeSaulnier Introduces Bill to Require Safer Use of Pesticides in Schools

February 26, 2014 8:00 am · 26 comments

Last week, Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) introduced Senate Bill 1405 to provide more stringent guidelines on the use of harmful, toxic pesticides in schools.

“This bill will make California a national leader in protecting students from harmful pesticides at school,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “Schools should be a safe place for students, and it is imperative that any pesticides on site be used safely. Having schools adopt integrated pest management plans will promote the usage of preventative measures that can lessen the need for toxic pesticides.”

Under SB 1405 school sites will report all pesticide use to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Current law only requires professional applicators to report their use. This bill also requires anyone—including school staff and professional pest control applicators—using pesticides on school sites to undergo an annual training on integrated pest management and the safe usage of pesticides. An integrated pest management plan focuses on long-term preventative measures to solve pest problems with the least hazards to people and the environment. SB 1405 requires school sites to have a written integrated pest management plan in place. This practice has already been successfully implemented by the Los Angeles Unified School District and Santa Clara Unified School District, without significant cost burdens.

This is Senator DeSaulnier’s third attempt to regulate the use of pesticides on school sites. He previously authored SB1157 in 2010 and SB 394 in 2011.

SB 1405 is sponsored by the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council.

1 Every bill introduced February 26, 2014 at 8:35 AM

requires the spending of millions of dollars.

It does not matter what the bill is, it simply costs money that could be saved and reduce taxes.

But not here in The Peoples Republic of California.

As Mark spends like a drunken sailor on the state, he’ll support even more spending as a US Congressman.

The people who like politicians like Mark have not been hurt yet by the ignored reckless spending by governments. When it does hurt, it will be to late.

2 anonymous February 26, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Long time readers will recall I gave notice that upon DeSaulnier declaring himself a candidate for Millers job, he would do everything possible to keep his name in the news.
He will hit all possible themes popular with the far left.

3 oldman February 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Now there is a serious and pervasive problem

4 Dorothy February 26, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Still won’t vote for him.

5 California Nightmare February 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Another government solution in search of a problem.

Massive unemployment, broken families, severe drought, outrageous prices for food, housing, etc. and this is more important?

6 Engineer February 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Anonymous, your point about DeSaulnier doing everything possible to keep his name in the news would seem more valid if this weren’t the THIRD time he’s tried to keep our children from being poisoned with pesticides. This is just common sense and kudos to Mark for taking it on again!

7 WTF? February 26, 2014 at 9:49 AM

More worthless, money-spending legislation from this dolt.

8 MikeT February 26, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I wonder who determines exactly what amount “without significant cost burdens” will be?

9 Again... February 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Is this to say unsafe use of pesticides has been
the ” norm”.
We are just now making a law to stop this practice!
Isn’t there enough poison in our environment that
we are exposed to without our knowledge.
When will it end?

10 SB 1405 is sponsored by the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council February 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

That sums it up. Support from the teamsters means big money for congress. To Marks personal benefit and none to the people.

11 Bill P February 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Don’t tell me that all the Liberals want to control every single thing in your life. Voting for his will be worse than George Miller, if that is possible.
Look up carpetbagger in the dictionary and you will see Mark’s picture.

12 RANDOM TASK February 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

and obviously tied in with the unions as well backed by teamsters of course. When will the dems realize ….we know they are being paid off by their backers …..to throw it in our face is their final lol to us ….as the dem voters obviously do not care their guy is paid off and working under the table for the unions and not for the people as per why we even vote. Wait oh my the union workers are voting in the dems so they promise to keep the unions alive and keep the corruption flowing. So to sum it up this state as well as any other dem state is all for corruption and shoving the tax payer further up their own rear ends. That’s why they call it backdoor policy …….

13 Chuckie's Wife February 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Really? PLEEEZE have this moron start his campaign for Miller’s seat – then he won’t have time to write stupid bills that do nothing but cost money. Pesticide use in CA is already heavily regulated and controlled. Why add another layer?

14 anon February 26, 2014 at 10:56 AM

We need someone who wants to save us money not find ways to spend it and raise taxes.

15 Silva February 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Engineer (#6); Thank you.

16 Boneguy1 February 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

There are already Federal and State Standards that regulate pesticides and in fact the use at schools is much more strict due to local practices that because of the fear of suits pretty much tie their hands of those that apply.

This is ignorant showboat Mark trying to make us all feel good about him so he can hide behind this and we won’t see his corrupt handouts to his SEIFU and other political cronies.

Oh and then there is the fact that he voted for the perverse bill to allow same sex use of bathrooms in our schools in the name of tolerance and diversity. Don’t pay attention top that.

What a great guy.

17 Anon February 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

My parents grew up going to schools with lead paint, asbestos, smoking lounges for teachers, etc and turned out OK…just like millions others. This is nothing but a deperate attempt to keep his name in the news over a non-issue.

18 Curry February 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I have to agree with Engineer, I wouldn’t want my children poisoned with pesticides, so I teach them safety on protecting themselves and covering up when they touch plants that have these pesticides. Kids will be kids, and they just have to touch things or put them in their mouths. Let’s see what Mark does about this.

19 chalkboy8 February 26, 2014 at 11:45 AM

With all the holidays, early release times and teacher in service days, kids aren’t in school enough for exposure issues.

20 Ven Exeter February 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Blah, blah, blah. Stop wasting tax payer money and please do something to address real problems such as unemployment, government regulations that send businesses out of the state, water issues due to drought, public employee unions (BART) disrupting the lives of taxpayers, etc.

21 Elwood February 26, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Is there no end to this p***k?

We might be better off with him in Congress where he would be a freshman member of the minority party and only one of 435. If he follows form he will be a bigger nonentity in D.C. than he is in Sacto.

22 pc February 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

This is totally unnecessary! When a school employee can’t even spray for a ant or cockroach invasion, just what do they expect? Since when does a bit of Raid or other pesticide become such an issue? Does T. DeSaulnier think one more stupid law is going to solve a problem–it will probably create more!

23 Betty Sanchez February 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Just another bs political leader without a clue!

24 Why, why, why? February 26, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Why do politicians like DeSaulnier and Bonilla think they need to introduce one stupid law after another to be significant? Why can’t they realize we have too many laws already? I might actually vote for one or both of them if they started repealing stupid laws instead of introducing them.

25 Cowellian February 26, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I take exception to comparison of these pandering politicians with drunken sailors. As a former drunken sailor, I know that we always had to quit spending once we ran out of money!

26 cornfed February 27, 2014 at 7:30 AM

DeSaulnier and Bonilla. Are there two bigger empty suits?

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