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AB-1126 School facilities: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning: inspection reports.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 20, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1126


Introduced by Assembly Member Rendon

February 27, 2015


An act to add Section 17583 to the Education Code, relating to school facilities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1126, as amended, Rendon. School facilities: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning: posting of inspection reports.
Existing law establishes a system of public elementary and secondary schools in this state, and authorizes local educational agencies throughout the state to operate schools and provide instruction to pupils in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive. Existing regulations require schools to have their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems inspected at least annually.
This bill would require each public school maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to post a copy of any the most recent date of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system inspection report on its and information on how the report may be obtained to be posted on the Internet Web site and on the Internet Web site of its school district or county office of education, as applicable. of certain local educational agencies. The bill would also state related findings and declarations of the Legislature. By imposing additional duties on local educational agencies, this 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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Many pupils and staff members in California’s public schools have a variety of respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
(b) Many schools are located in agricultural areas, industrial areas, or areas that have an unsafe level of air pollution.
(c) Many pupils and school staff learn and work in portable classrooms or offices that are extremely vulnerable to rot, mold, and other airborne pathogens.
(d) California’s public schools are required to have an annual inspection of their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
(e) California’s public schools are authorized to reserve funding for facility repairs as a condition of participating in the school facilities program under existing law.
(f) The documentation of these inspections is often not easily available for review by school staff, parents, or pupils to make sure that the inspections are being carried out in accordance with existing law.

SEC. 2.

 Section 17583 is added to the Education Code, to read:

17583.
 Each public school maintaining kindergarten or any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive, shall post a copy of any The most recent date of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system inspection report on its and information on how the report may be obtained shall be posted on the Internet Web site and on the Internet Web site of its school district or county office of education, as applicable. of all of the following:
(a) A public school that maintains an Internet Web site.
(b) A school district for a school that does not maintain an Internet Web site.
(c) A county office of education for schools in its jurisdiction.

SEC. 3.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.