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

August 29, 2014 10:00 am · 16 comments


A bill by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) to provide more stringent guidelines on the use of harmful, toxic pesticides in schools is headed to the Governor.

“Our young people deserve to be protected from harmful pesticides when they are at school,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “Families should be assured that their children are not exposed to pesticides unless absolutely necessary. SB 1405 will promote the usage of preventative measures at school sites that can lessen the need for toxic pesticides. If pesticides must be used on campuses, employees should receive the proper training to apply them in the safest manner possible.”

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.

Smoke & Mirrors August 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Anything to avoid solving the real problems. I guess the ants joined SEIU.

lola August 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

While protecting school children from unhealthy pesticides is important, I can’t help but think our city/state has much bigger problems to tackle. But the majority of our politicians don’t address those serious issues….they don’t want to be the ones to rock the boat and take the unpopular stand to bring about needed change. Mark is all fluff and no punch. He would never get my vote. Why do so many voters like this guy and what has he really done for us (the people) lately?

RIII August 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

However, exposing our children to a new group that has never been vaccinated, had any healthcare and are carrying several other health problems is entirely “OK.” I read where many of these new “Students” that are being welcomed by our Governor have all kinds of problems that at one time were no longer a threat to our society. I guess spraying for ants, roaches and other bugs is just too much. When will these wonderful “Elected Representatives” ever do something to aid our economy other than outlawing plastic bags and regulating bug spray?

SKS August 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Blah blah blah… How about some meaningful legislation?

Dr. Doc PhD August 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM


.. all they do is steal public resources from authorized, legitimate residents and citizens of the United States.

ClayDen August 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

A flurry of activity………………getting close to the election.

The Professor August 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Want a chuckle? Read the article again and replace “pesticides” with “politicians”.

More feel good legislation from our overlords.

Bob the Repairman August 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

How about the dieases that are coming in California with the “undocumented” children? The state should protect our children first!!!!

Thanks Mark. You really care about us. What a loser!!!!!

@The Professor August 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Hilarious !

Mark is a radical, career politician. Pathetic.

Unfortunately, so are the majority of Californians, to elect him.

Boneguy1 August 29, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Sure Marky wants to protect the kids from bad things – why supports and voted for the law allowing Elementary school kids being allowed to choose their bathrooms – he’s just a pathetic socialist pervert.

Elwood August 29, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Go away, Mark!

Please go away!

And don’t come back.

When Mark entered politics (as a Republican) the world lost a good bartender.

vindex August 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Pretty soon.. they are going to legislate that we can only use water and scream at the bugs in the hopes they die

Anon August 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Go Markie Mark! Stop those kids from 420ing all that pesticide. Forget that they can’t read or write, or do math.

..... August 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM


Not even sure about that. It doesn’t take much talent to open a.can of beer.

You know he’ll go to DC because of the large number of illiterate and low-information voters in this state.

@14 August 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM
Safety Second August 29, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Can you democrats control these union whore politicians who provide cover to illegal aliens and BART workers while regulating and taxing us middle class to death????

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