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  • NJ A397
  • The "Safe Playing Fields Act"; restricts use of lawn care pesticides at child care centers and certain schools, playgrounds, and recreational fields.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would be known as the "Safe Playing Fields Act," and would restrict the use of lawn care pesticides on the grounds of any child care center and certain schools, playgrounds, and recreational fields in the State. The bill 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 restrict child access to pesticide treated areas for at least seven hours after the application. In addition, the bill would prohibit the use of lawn care pesticides on the grounds of any school which enrolls students in kindergarten or in any grade between grade one through eight, except as an emergency response to an immediate threat to human health, as determined by school officials, in consultation with the local health officer, as appropriate. The bill would also prohibit the use of lawn care pesticides on playgrounds, except as an emergency response to an immediate threat to human health, as determined by the municipal or county governing body in consultation with the local health officer, as appropriate, or by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, as applicable. However, this provision would not apply to playgrounds located on the grounds of a community association. 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. The bill defines a "lawn care pesticide" as any pesticide labeled, designed, or intended for use on lawns, gardens, turf or ornamental plantings, and the definition of "pesticide" excludes low impact pesticides as defined pursuant to current law. The bill would take effect on the first day of the 13th month following the date of enactment of the bill into law.
Women and Children
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Women and Children Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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