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AB-2453 Air pollution: schools.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 08, 2018


 Section 17074.25 of the Education Code is amended to read:

 (a) A modernization apportionment may be used for an improvement to extend the useful life of, or to enhance the physical environment of, the school. The improvement may only include the cost of design, engineering, testing, inspection, plan checking, construction management, demolition, construction, the replacement of portable classrooms, necessary utility costs, utility connection and other fees, the purchase and installation of air-conditioning equipment and insulation materials and related costs, furniture and equipment, including telecommunication equipment to increase school security, fire safety improvements, playground safety improvements, the identification, assessment, or abatement of hazardous asbestos, seismic safety improvements, and the upgrading of electrical systems or the wiring or cabling of classrooms in order to accommodate educational technology. A modernization grant may not be used for costs associated with acquisition and development of real property or for routine maintenance and repair.
(b) A modernization apportionment may also be used for the cost of designs and materials that promote the efficient use of energy and water, the maximum use of natural lighting and indoor air quality, the use of recycled materials and materials that emit a minimum of toxic substances, the use of acoustics conducive to teaching and learning, and other characteristics of high-performance schools.
(c) (1) A modernization apportionment may be used to limit pupil exposure to harmful air pollutants by updating air filtration systems.
(2) (A) This subdivision is declaratory of existing law.
(B) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting the act amending this section in the 2017–18 Regular Session to encourage school districts to add air filtration systems to applications for modernization apportionments when air pollution occasionally or regularly exceeds levels known to be harmful to public health.

SEC. 2.

 Section 44391.3 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

 A school or school district located in a community with a high cumulative exposure burden, as identified pursuant to Section 44391.2, may do both of the following:
(a) Work with districts to identify school sites in need of air quality improvements.
(b) Be eligible for a grant as part of a community emissions reduction program, adopted pursuant to Section 44391.2, to implement air quality mitigation efforts, including, but not limited to, either of the following:
(1) Air filter upgrades or installations.
(2) Vegetation buffer planting.
(c) This section shall be implemented only if an appropriation for this purpose is made in the annual Budget Act or other statute.