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AB-2491 School facilities: organic pesticides: pilot program.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Article 5 (commencing with Section 17615) is added to Chapter 5 of Part 10.5 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, to read:

Article  5. Organic Pesticide Pilot Program
17615.
 (a) The department, upon appropriation by the Legislature for purposes of this section, shall establish a five-year pilot program to provide funding to school districts to use only organic pesticides, both indoors and outdoors, for the purpose of determining the benefits of organic pesticide use and the financial impact on school districts of using organic pesticides instead of chemical pesticides.
(b) Funding shall be provided to a school district pursuant to this section in the amount that the school district expends for organic pesticides that exceeds what the school district would have spent on chemical pesticides used for the same purposes and for the cost of the soil testing required pursuant subdivision (d).
(c) The following school districts may apply to the department to participate in the pilot program:
(1) Berkeley Unified School District.
(2) Capistrano Unified School District.
(3) Covina-Valley Unified School District.
(4) Menifee Union School District.
(5) Oakland Unified School District.
(6) Ojai Unified School District.
(7) Sacramento City Unified School District.
(8) San Diego Unified School District.
(9) San Francisco Unified School District.
(10) San Ysidro School District.
(11) Woodland Unified School District.
(d) A school district that participates in the pilot program shall, before commencing the exclusive use of organic pesticides, conduct soil testing to measure the amount of chemical pesticide present in the soil. The school district shall conduct soil testing at the end of the five-year pilot program to measure any reductions in the amount of chemical pesticide present in the soil. Soil testing pursuant to this subdivision shall test soil biology, chemistry, and salinity.
(e) A school district that participates in the pilot program shall submit both of the following reports to the department and the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code:
(1) At the beginning of the five-year pilot program, a report that includes all of the following:
(A) The costs associated with chemical pesticides used before the pilot project, including, but not limited to, hourly labor costs, pesticide costs, and water usage costs.
(B) Results of the initial soil testing required pursuant to subdivision (d).
(C) A list of organic pesticides used by the school district before commencing the exclusive use of organic pesticides pursuant to the pilot program.
(2) At the end of the five-year pilot program, a report that includes all of the following:
(A) Information on the cost impact of switching to organic pesticides, including, but not limited to, any changes to hourly labor costs, pesticide costs, and water usage costs.
(B) Results of the final soil testing required pursuant to subdivision (d).
(C) The effectiveness of organic pesticides compared to chemical pesticides.