DeSaulnier Bill to Require Safer Use of Pesticides in Schools Passes Senate

May 28, 2014 8:00 am · 26 comments

A bill by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to provide more stringent guidelines on the use of harmful, toxic pesticides in schools passed off the Senate floor today.

“We need to safeguard students from harmful pesticides at schools,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “SB 1405 will promote the usage of preventative measures at school sites that can lessen the need for toxic pesticides. Families deserve the peace of mind that schools are a safe place for their students.”

The National Academy of Sciences reports that children are more susceptible to chemicals than adults and estimates that 50 percent of lifetime pesticide exposure occurs at a young age.

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 amount of 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.

Ricardoh May 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Why are laws like this necessary? Wouldn’t you think school officials would use the safest methods available?

PO'd May 28, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Of course, this will lead to larger state gov’t to police this legislation. Wouldn’t it be better to leave it up to the school districts?
Sounds like election year politicking (the children) by a candidate who wants to be part of regulating every bit of your life, no matter the cost.He knows that it isn’t likely to pass because it failed twice already.

Always Right May 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

@Mr. Mayor – what happened to the thread touting Mark DeSaulinier’s bill to cut CEO pay? It was up this morning and now it is gone. May 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

It’s still there.

Always Right May 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Correction, the thread was up on May 27 and now it is gone. Most of the comments were critical of Senator DeSaulnier and his crazy idea to cut CEO pay – which of course will drive more companies out of this state.

Again I ask: Why did it disappear?

anon May 28, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Mark, I’m glad you didn’t write Obama Care, but when you go to Congress make a lot good changes to it.

The majority of the voters May 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

vote to elect people like Mark. He’ll be the next Congressman unless everyone votes him down.

It’s all up to the voters. Mark will not get my vote.

Pegasus May 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Follow the directions provided with the product. No phony vote-begging bill required.

Clayton Squirrel May 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM

I am happy about this. Many folks are not to concerned or careful with chemicals, even poisons, but I think that this is becoming less common.

My kids’ elementary school used to use hand soap with chemicals even though it had already been shown to be no more effective than regular soap. I wrote to the school to ask them to use regular soap but I don’t think any changes were made. Years later studies came out to show that it was dangerous after all.

District staff would come and spray poisons at school when it fit in their schedule. Kids are ALWAYS messing with stuff in the playground and spraying poisons isn’t necessary. I remember seeing one tall, ugly weed that could have been pulled from the soil in a second, dying over the course of a week or so after being sprayed. It’s not that hard to reduce pesticide use. Someone had to come remove the dead weed later anyway.

One would think that people would do the right thing...... May 28, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I don’t agree with mark on a lot of his policies and this is pre-election hype, but systems that rely on people doing the right thing are destined to fail; especially when pitted against self interest. Richardo asked why the officials wouldn’t already use the safest method possible. Simple answer, cost and data. DDT was super effective and cheap, and we are still dealing with the consequences of its use. When chemical companies make hundreds of millions of dollars a year, in whose interest is it in for them to disclose toxicity? Not theirs especially when determining cause and effect by the injured is near impossible.

JMR May 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM

We can put forth a bill to protect kids from harmful pesticides, but can’t pass any meaningful legislation to protect them from guns and school shootings…?

Safety Second May 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Democrats can’t pass legislation fast enough. The masses crave for career politicians to support unions and trial attorneys through endless regulations and taxes on anything & everything. The masses are truly useful idiots, and Desauliner knows it

a May 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Needless expansion of government that won’t do anything except attempt to justify it’s own existence.

I am surprised that we need a bill for this? May 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

we do not need a bill for this.

Mark May 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

I hope this clown does not get elected.

Really ? May 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Perfect example of a knee JERK democrat reaction.
CA already has probably the most strict laws for pesticide use in the country.

There’s no way I’ll vote for him for congress.

PC May 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Lame legislation. It is the curse of public education. Desaulnier is on the right track to replace Miller, the photo-op kid!

@JMR May 28, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Ever notice most mass shootings take place IN gun free zones?
Inside those gun free zones, rabid cowards KNOW they will have 5 to 11 minutes of uninterrupted free fire in a target rich environment, before armed help arrives to put down the cowards.

By creating gun free zones liberals may as well hand out t shirts with a bulls eye graphic on them.

Connecticut was one of only SIX states without an “assisted outpatient treatment” law which allows for people with mental illness to be forcibly treated BEFORE they commit a serious crime.
Months before the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, legislation failed, due to protests from “civil liberties” groups.

Lanterman–Petris–Short Act

Almost without exception mass killers would not have been allowed to legally buy or have care – custody or control of firearms, had existing laws and procedures been followed.

True in the following mass shootings at Virginia Tech, theater shootings in Aurora, CO., Washington Navy Yard, Tucson shooting: Tucson, AZ., and more.
Example, Va. Tech Killer Ruled Mentally Ill by Court

Politicians conveniently ignore fact existing laws and procedures aren’t being followed and they are too cowardly when it comes to mental health and because it exceeds their attention span.

Elwood May 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

What can we expect next from Marvelous Marky Mark?

A bill endorsing mom’s apple pie and baseball?

What a schmuck!

MrDioji May 28, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Good bill.

I’m glad I’m not as negative as most of the people that post here. Your comments keep me grateful. Thank you.

anon May 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I asked the Mayor about getting statistics from the Police Chief regarding how many guns and knives are found on student’s at public schools in MDUSD. I don’t think the Chief wants Parent’s to really know the truth.

Marianne May 28, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Always take care of the Bill.

Randy of the Redwoods May 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Monsanto is like the Devil Man, You Know?

Richard May 28, 2014 at 6:56 PM

It would certainly be encouraging to see the members of our state legislature paying more attention to the “Fiscal” problems that our state is currently facing. However, they are hung up on “Social” problems, on “The Ecology” and “Plastic Bags” from the market while the state has an unfunded liability in the billions of dollars. They seem to be happy to continue to make California a business “UN” friendly state but they completely ignore the fiscal crises we are facing. How many cities and counties have declared, or are on the verge of going into bankruptcy? Yet, they elect to spend their time on bug spray? Perhaps it’s time for some real “Hope and Change!”

Pegasus May 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

@ MrDioji –
Since you’re a supporter of Mark, er, cough, I mean a supporter of the bill, maybe you could provide us a reliable report of the number of students harmed by improper application of pesticides in the school environment.
I searched and couldn’t find a single report.

Anon May 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM

DeSenseless tries to get in to the US Senate, please God people, don’t let him.

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