Summaries of Pesticide Legislation

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These annual summaries, prepared by DPR staff, provide details on pesticide-related legislation.


AB 1788 (Bloom, Chapter 250, Statutes of 2020)

This bill prohibits the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) throughout the state until the DPR Director certifies to the Secretary of State that DPR has completed its reevaluation of SGARs and, in consultation with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, has implemented any additional restrictions necessary to ensure that continued use of SGARs is not reasonably expected to result in significant adverse effects to non-target wildlife. The bill allows for narrow exemptions for limited use of SGARs.

AB 3220 (Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, Chapter 296, Statutes of 2020)

This bill extends the sunset date until January 1, 2023, for the requirement that employers contract with a medical supervisor registered with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to provide occupational health evaluation and illness prevention services to employees who regularly handle Category I and II organophosphate and carbamate pesticides. This bill also extends the requirement for laboratories performing cholinesterase tests ordered by a medical supervisor to report specified information to DPR. This bill revises provisions relating to the regulation of underground storage tanks by the State Water Resources Control Board.

SB 86 (Durazo, Chapter 299, Statutes of 2020)

Beginning with the first quarter of 2021, this bill requires DPR to prepare quarterly reports on granular chlorpyrifos use, monitoring, and exposure. The reports will be submitted 60 days after the end of each quarter to the Senate Committee on Health, the Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement, the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality, the Assembly Committee on Health, the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment, the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, and the Office of the Surgeon General.


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AB 2816 (Muratsuchi, Chapter 720, Statutes of 2018)

Schoolsites: report

This bill requires DPR to report to the Legislature, by January 1, 2021, an evaluation of the implementation and effectiveness of the Healthy Schools Act (HSA). This bill also requires the Department to make policy recommendations to the Legislature for improvement of the HSA. The provisions of the bill sunset on July 1, 2022.


AB 527 (Caballero, Chapter 404, Statutes of 2017)

Pest control aircraft pilot’s certificate: unmanned aircraft

This bill sets new and more appropriate criteria for obtaining an unmanned pest control aircraft pilot’s certificate from DPR . Current unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators will be able to continue to apply pesticides under a journeyman or apprentice manned aircraft pest control pilot certificate or obtain the new unmanned pest control aircraft pilot’s certificate as a journeyman, apprentice, or vector control technician. All unmanned pest control aircraft pilots must be certified or otherwise authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly a UAS in pest control; however, Vector Control Technicians certified by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will not need to meet the journeyman and apprentice requirements with DPR.

AB 1480 (Quirk, Chapter 152, Statutes of 2017)

Pest control: violations and penalties: civil penalty

This bill would make it unlawful to make any false or fraudulent statement, record, report or use any fraud or misrepresentation in connection with meeting any license requirement to conduct pest control operations or activities and to cheat on or subvert a licensing examination. This bill would also authorize the DPR Director to levy a civil penalty for any individuals who violate this section.

SB 258 (Lara, Chapter 830, Statutes of 2017)

Cleaning products right to know act of 2017

This bill requires manufacturers of a “general cleaning product”, defined to include disinfectants, sold in California on or after January 1, 2020, to disclose a list of ingredients contained in the product. Manufacturers of disinfectant cleaning products are required to post product ingredients on their Web site. Additionally, the bill requires specified employers to make information disclosed on the manufacturer’s Web site for “designated products” readily available.

For more information, please contact:
Alejandra Durán
Director of Legislation and Policy
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
email: Alejandra.Durá