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Public Act 103-0496


Public Act 0496 103RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 103-0496
SB1772 EnrolledLRB103 28768 CPF 55151 b

    AN ACT concerning safety.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Pesticide Application at Schools Act.
    Section 5. Legislative findings. The General Assembly
finds that:
        (1) schools throughout the State treat school property
    with pesticides in order to reduce risks to students from
    noxious weeds, such as thistle, poison ivy, pests,
    allergies, disease bearing insects, and activities on
    unlevel playing surfaces;
        (2) unless properly applied in accordance with the
    United States Environmental Protection Agency's pesticide
    labels, schools may inadvertently expose children to
    pesticides; and
        (3) it is the purpose of this Act to minimize student
    exposure to pesticides.
    Section 10. Definition. As used in this Act, "school day"
has the same meaning given to that term in Section 300.11 of
the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
    Section 15. Pesticide application prohibited. Beginning
July 1, 2024, a school serving students grades kindergarten
through 8th grade is prohibited from scheduling pesticide
applications on school grounds during the school day,
including during a partial day, when students are in
attendance at school for instructional purposes. Areas
prohibited from treatment include paved surfaces, playgrounds,
and playing fields. This Section shall not apply to areas of
school grounds where children are not typically present,
including, but not limited to, flower beds and lawns
surrounding the school not used as playing fields.
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/4/2023