Signs AB 405: Bill Protects Kids from Exposure to Experimental
By California Safe Schools
Sacramento, CA - Governor Schwarzenegger, who
has portrayed heroes on film, became a real hero to more than
6 million children and hundreds of thousands of teachers and
school employees when he signed Assembly Bill AB 405, banning
the use of experimental pesticides in California Schools.
AB 405, authored by Assemblymember Cindy Montanez
and sponsored by California Safe Schools - a children's environmental
health organization - is a common sense bill that prevents
K-12 public schools from being used as test sites for experimental
pesticides and protects children, teachers and school workers
from being exposed to chemicals whose health effects are unknown.
"California Safe Schools is extremely grateful
to Governor Schwarzenegger, Assemblymember Montanez, the California
Legislature and many supporters for ensuring that California's
most vulnerable population will now be protected," said
Robina Suwol, executive director of California Safe Schools,
the bill's sponsor.
To their credit, Los Angeles Unified School
District, second largest school district in the United States,
has already committed to implementing the measures required
by AB 405 and currently employ significant policies to protect
students from chemical exposures.
"The fact that threshold levels of pesticide
exposure and health studies are currently based solely on
an adult male of approximately 160 pounds underscore that
children are counting on adults to protect them. With the
signature of AB 405, we have taken a step toward fulfilling
that responsibility," Suwol said.
The bill's long list of endorsers included the
California Medical Association, California State PTA, California
School Boards Association, California Teachers Association,
Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, Los Angeles Unified
School District, Learning & Disabilities Association of
America, California Communities Against Toxics, California
Environmental Rights Alliance, Sierra Club, California League
of Conservation Voters and the Environmental Health and the
Environmental Justice Community.
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