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AB-622 Pesticides: aerial application.(2009-2010)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  September 02, 2009
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2009


Assembly Bill No. 622

Introduced  by  Assembly Member Swanson

February 25, 2009

An act to add Section 12979.1 to the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to pesticides.


AB 622, as amended, Swanson. Pesticides: aerial application.
Existing law requires the registration of pesticides, prohibits certain uses of pesticides, and authorizes the Director of Pesticide Regulation to adopt regulations to govern the possession, sale, or use of pesticides, as provided. Existing law requires the use of any pesticide by any person to be in such a manner as to prevent substantial drift to nontarget areas, and requires pesticide applications on public property which take place on school grounds, parks, or other public rights-of-way where public exposure is foreseeable to be posted with warning signs.
This bill would require, with respect to aerial applications of a pesticide, the observance of a safety zone of no less than 3.3 miles from the aerial application for residential areas, including known sensitive sites, as specified. The bill would exempt from these provisions the State Department of Public Health, local vector control agencies, and mosquito abatement and vector control districts, as provided.
Under existing law, a violation of the provisions of this bill would be a crime, as specified. Because this bill would create new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 12979.1 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, to read:

(a) This section shall be known, and may be cited as, cited, as the Clean Air for Children, Seniors, and Working Families Act.

 (b) For aerial applications of a pesticide, a safety zone of no less than three and three tenths miles from the aerial application, including drift, shall be observed for residential areas and known sensitive sites such as schools, hospitals, day care centers, senior citizen centers, residential care homes, and farm labor camps.
(c) This section does not apply to the following:
(1) The State Department of Public Health and local vector control agencies providing services in accordance with Section 116180 of the Health and Safety Code.
(2) Mosquito abatement and vector control districts authorized under Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 2000) of Division 3 of the Health and Safety Code.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.