|SAME AS||SAME AS S05435|
|COSPNSR||Englebright, Tokasz, McLaughlin, Boyland, McEneny, Morelle|
|Add S409-i, Ed L; amd S163, add S163-b, St Fin L|
|Requires the procurement and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in elementary and secondary schools; defines terms; authorizes the commissioners of general services and education to promulgate necessary rules and regulations.|
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 8742 2005-2006 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY June 8, 2005 ___________ Introduced by COMMITTEE ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. DiNapoli, Englebright, Tokasz) -- (at request of the Governor) -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law and the state finance law, in relation to the procurement and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in schools The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem- bly, do enact as follows: 1 Section 1. Legislative intent. Even more so than adults, children are 2 vulnerable to, and may be severely affected by, exposure to chemicals, 3 hazardous wastes and other environmental hazards. The Federal Environ- 4 mental Protection Agency estimates that human exposure to air pollutants 5 indoors can be two to five times, and occasionally up to 100 times, 6 higher than outdoor levels. Children, their teachers, and other school 7 staff members spend a significant part of their lives in school build- 8 ings, and are exposed to chemicals from cleaners, waxes, deodorizers and 9 other maintenance products. Health threats may be caused by the presence 10 of such chemicals, potentially resulting in increased costs to individ- 11 ual schools, school districts and the state in terms of staff time and 12 effort, cleanup costs, school closings and student absenteeism. 13 Discharges of chemicals from cleaning and maintenance products also 14 burden publicly-owned wastewater treatment works, and also end up in our 15 lakes and streams. Cleaning and maintenance products that are the same 16 in form, function and utility as products currently used in schools, but 17 that have eliminated or lowered concentrations of potentially harmful 18 chemicals, are increasingly being developed and are available in the 19 marketplace. Therefore, the legislature finds that school districts and 20 public and private elementary and secondary schools should be informed 21 of and should purchase environmentally-sensitive cleaning and mainte- 22 nance products. It is the purpose of this legislation to reduce as much 23 as possible exposure of children and school staff to potentially-harmful EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD12051-04-5A. 8742 2 1 chemicals and substances used in the cleaning and maintenance of 2 schools. 3 § 2. The education law is amended by adding a new section 409-i to 4 read as follows: 5 § 409-i. Procurement and use of environmentally-sensitive cleaning and 6 maintenance products. 1. For the purpose of this section the following 7 terms shall mean: 8 (a) "Elementary or secondary school" means a facility used for 9 instruction of elementary or secondary students by: (i) any school 10 district, including a special act school district and a city school 11 district in a city having a population of one hundred twenty-five thou- 12 sand inhabitants or more, (ii) a board of cooperative educational 13 services, (iii) a charter school, (iv) an approved private school for 14 the education of students with disabilities, (v) a state-supported 15 school for the deaf or blind operated pursuant to article eighty-five of 16 this chapter, and (vi) any other private or parochial elementary or 17 secondary school. 18 (b) "Environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products" 19 means those cleaning and maintenance products that minimize adverse 20 impacts on children's health and the environment. 21 (c) "Facility" means any school building or facility used for instruc- 22 tional purposes and the surrounding grounds or other sites used for 23 playgrounds, athletics or other instructional purposes. 24 2. The commissioner of general services, in consultation with the 25 commissioner and the commissioners of environmental conservation, health 26 and labor, shall establish and from time to time amend guidelines and 27 specifications for environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance 28 products for use in elementary and secondary school facilities. For the 29 purpose of developing appropriate criteria for such guidelines and spec- 30 ifications, such commissioners shall review and evaluate existing 31 research regarding environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance 32 products, including but not limited to, research and guidance issued by 33 the United States environmental protection agency and the office of the 34 federal environmental executive. In developing such guidelines, the 35 commissioner of general services shall provide public notice and an 36 opportunity to comment. Such guidelines shall be followed by elementary 37 and secondary schools to identify and procure environmentally-sensitive 38 cleaning and maintenance products which are available in the form, func- 39 tion and utility generally used by elementary and secondary schools in 40 their facilities. 41 3. The commissioner of general services shall disseminate to all 42 elementary and secondary schools guidelines and specifications for the 43 purchase and use of environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance 44 products in elementary and secondary schools for use in their facili- 45 ties. The commissioner of general services shall also prepare and 46 disseminate to all elementary and secondary schools a sample list of 47 such environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products that 48 meet these guidelines or specifications. The commissioner of general 49 services shall provide assistance and guidance to elementary and second- 50 ary schools in carrying out the requirements of this section. Elementa- 51 ry and secondary schools shall follow such guidelines, specifications 52 and sample list when purchasing cleaning and maintenance products for 53 use in their facilities. 54 4. Elementary and secondary schools shall notify their personnel of 55 the availability of such guidelines, specifications and sample list.A. 8742 3 1 5. On or before June first, two thousand seven, the department, in 2 consultation with the office of general services, shall issue a report 3 providing an analysis of the impact of such guidelines and specifica- 4 tions on the purchasing, procurement and use of environmentally-sensi- 5 tive cleaning and maintenance products by elementary and secondary 6 schools. Nothing in this section shall preclude an elementary or 7 secondary school from depleting existing cleaning and maintenance supply 8 stores purchased prior to the effective date of this section. 9 § 3. Paragraph b of subdivision 3 of section 163 of the state finance 10 law is amended by adding a new subparagraph (vii) to read as follows: 11 (vii) maintain a list of contractors which produce or manufacture or 12 offer for sale environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance 13 products in the form, function and utility generally used by elementary 14 and secondary schools in accordance with specifications or guidelines 15 promulgated pursuant to section four hundred nine-i of the education 16 law. 17 § 4. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 163-b to 18 read as follows: 19 § 163-b. Environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products. 20 The commissioner of general services shall maintain a list of contrac- 21 tors which produce or manufacture or offer for sale environmentally-sen- 22 sitive cleaning and maintenance products in the form, function and util- 23 ity generally used by elementary and secondary schools in accordance 24 with specifications or guidelines promulgated pursuant to section four 25 hundred nine-i of the education law. 26 § 5. This act shall take effect on the first of September next 27 succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law; provided that 28 section four of this act shall take effect upon the repeal of section 29 163 of the state finance law; and provided further that the commission- 30 ers of education and general services are authorized to promulgate any 31 and all rules and regulations and take any other measures necessary to 32 implement this act on its effective date on or before such date; and 33 provided, further, that the amendment to paragraph b of subdivision 3 of 34 section 163 of the state finance law made by section three of this act 35 shall not affect the repeal of such section and shall be deemed repealed 36 therewith.