HB1836: Pesticides; schools shall permit immediate application thereof to eradicate pest infestations.


HOUSE BILL NO. 1836
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
on February 4, 2009)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Toscano)
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 22.1-132.2, relating to pesticide management.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1.  That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 22.1-132.2 as follows:

22.1-132.2.  Integrated pest management on school property.

The Department of Education shall make information available to school boards on integrated pest management programs that appropriately address the application of chemical pesticides and other pest control measures on school property. For purposes of this section, integrated pest management shall mean a managed pest control and suppression program that uses various integrated methods to keep pests from causing economic, health-related, or aesthetic injury and minimizes the use of pesticides and the risk to human health and the environment associated with pesticide applications. Methods may include the utilization of site or pest inspections, pest population monitoring, evaluation of control requirements, and the use of one or more pest control methods including sanitation, structural repair, nonchemical methods, and pesticides when nontoxic options produce unsatisfactory results or are impractical. Each school shall maintain documentation of any pesticide application that includes the target pest, the formulation applied, and the specific location of the application. The guidelines and programs adopted pursuant to this section shall permit the immediate application of pesticides or other effective control measures to eradicate pest infestations that pose an acute danger to students and staff.

2.  That the Virginia Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with the Pesticide Control Board, shall develop guidelines for integrated pest management no later than July 1, 2010. 

HOUSE BILL NO. 1836
Offered January 14, 2009
Prefiled January 12, 2009
A BILL to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 22.1-132.2, relating to pesticide management in public schools.
Patron-- Toscano

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 22.1-132.2 as follows:

22.1-132.2. Application of pesticides on school property.

Within the time periods specified in regulations adopted by the Board of Education, each school board shall adopt an integrated pest management program that minimizes the application of chemical pesticides on school property.

By July 1, 2009, the Board of Education shall adopt regulations for the implementation of such integrated pest management programs, which may include structural and procedural modifications to reduce pest access, food, moisture, and harborage on school property in accordance with the recommendations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For the purposes of this section, "integrated pest management" shall mean a managed pest control and suppression program that uses various integrated methods to keep pests from causing economic, health-related, or aesthetic injury and minimizes the use of pesticides and the risk to human health and the environment associated with pesticide applications. The methods may include the utilization of site or pest inspections, pest population monitoring, evaluation of control requirements, and the use of one or more pest control methods including sanitation, structural repair, nonchemical methods, and pesticides when nontoxic options are unreasonable or have been exhausted.