Sen. Julie A. Morrison

Filed: 3/15/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1772, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
6Pesticide Application at Schools Act.
7    Section 5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly
8finds that:
9        (1) schools throughout the State treat school property
10    with pesticides in order to reduce risks to students from
11    noxious weeds, such as thistle, poison ivy, pests,
12    allergies, disease bearing insects, and activities on
13    unlevel playing surfaces;
14        (2) unless properly applied in accordance with the
15    United States Environmental Protection Agency's pesticide
16    labels, schools may inadvertently expose children to



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1    pesticides; and
2        (3) it is the purpose of this Act to minimize student
3    exposure to pesticides.
4    Section 10. Definition. As used in this Act, "school day"
5has the same meaning given to that term in Section 300.11 of
6the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
7    Section 15. Pesticide application prohibited. Beginning
8July 1, 2024, a school serving students grades kindergarten
9through 8th grade is prohibited from scheduling pesticide
10applications on school grounds during the school day,
11including during a partial day, when students are in
12attendance at school for instructional purposes. Areas
13prohibited from treatment include paved surfaces, playgrounds,
14and playing fields. This Section shall not apply to areas of
15school grounds where children are not typically present,
16including, but not limited to, flower beds and lawns
17surrounding the school not used as playing fields.
18    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
19becoming law.".