ASSEMBLY, No. 3782

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 10, 2011

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  CONNIE WAGNER

District 38 (Bergen)

Assemblywoman  VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Holzapfel, Rudder, Chivukula, Assemblywoman Stender, Assemblyman P. Barnes, III, Assemblywoman Voss, Assemblymen Diegnan, Giblin, Assemblywoman Jasey, Assemblyman Benson, Assemblywoman Casagrande and Assemblyman Caputo

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     The “Safe Playing Fields Act”; restricts use of lawn care pesticides at certain child care centers, schools and recreational fields.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning use of lawn care pesticides at child care centers, schools and recreational fields, and supplementing Title 13 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Safe Playing Fields Act.”

 

     2.    As used in this act:

     "Charter school" means a school established pursuant to P.L.1995, c.426 (C.18A:36A-1 et seq.).

     "Child care center" means a child care center licensed pursuant to the provisions of the “Child Care Center Licensing Act,” P.L.1983, c.492 (C.30:5B-1 et seq.).

     "Lawn care pesticide" means any pesticide labeled, designed or intended for use on lawns, gardens, turf or ornamental plants.

     "Low impact pesticide" means a low impact pesticide as defined pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2002, c.117 (C.13:1F-21).

     "Pesticide" means a pesticide as defined pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2002, c.117 (C.13:1F-21) but shall not include a "low impact pesticide."

     "Playground" means a playground as defined pursuant to section 1 of P.L.1999, c.50 (C.52:27D-123.9).

     "Recreational field" means an athletic playing field, and includes recreational fields within a municipal, county, or State park.

     "School" means any public school or private school as defined in N.J.S.18A:1-1.

 

     3.    a.  No lawn care pesticide shall be applied on the grounds of any child care center, including a playground or recreational field located at the child care center, except that a lawn care pesticide may be applied as an emergency response to eliminate an immediate threat to human health.  Such emergency shall be determined by the chief executive or owner, as appropriate, of the child care center.

     b.    No child enrolled at a child care center shall be permitted access to a pesticide treated area for at least seven hours after the application.

     c.     No later than one year after the effective date of this act, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, shall adopt rules and regulations in accordance with the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), concerning pesticide application, record keeping, and staff and parental notification procedures at child care centers consistent with the goal of mitigating potential health risks to young children by reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides, and by first considering the use of low impact pesticides.

 

     4.    No lawn care pesticide shall be applied on the grounds of any school, including a playground or recreational field located at the school, except that a lawn care pesticide may be applied as an emergency response to eliminate an immediate threat to human health.  Such emergency shall be determined by the superintendent of the school district, the board of trustees of a charter school, or the principal or chief administrator of a private school, as appropriate, in consultation with the local health officer.

 

     5.    No lawn care pesticide shall be applied on a playground or recreational field, except that a lawn care pesticide may be applied as an emergency response to eliminate an immediate threat to human health.  Such emergency shall be determined by the municipal or county governing body in consultation with the local health officer, or by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, as applicable.

 

     6.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill, to be known as the “Safe Playing Fields Act,” would prohibit the use of lawn care pesticides on the grounds of any school, except as an emergency response to an immediate threat to human health, as determined by school officials, in consultation with the local health officer, and would additionally prohibit the use of lawn care pesticides on playgrounds and recreational fields.  The bill defines a “lawn care pesticide” as any pesticide labeled, designed, or intended for use on lawns, gardens, turf or ornamental plantings, and excludes low impact pesticides.  Under the bill, a “school” includes both public and private schools and applies to all schools under college grade.

     This bill also would prohibit pesticide use on the grounds of any child care center, except as an emergency response to an immediate threat to human health, and would also restrict child access to pesticide treated areas for at least seven hours after the application.

     Additionally, the bill would direct the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, to adopt rules and regulations concerning pesticide application, record keeping, and staff and parental notification procedures at child care centers with the goal of mitigating potential health risks to young children.