LEGISLATION 2010 Legislation Update CAPCA Lobbyists Jackson R. Gualco and Kendra Daijogo
APCA had a very successful year legislatively with the passage and ultimate signature by Governor Schwarzenegger on AB 2122 (Mendoza, et al) regarding continuing education for PCAs. Details of that bill are shown below. Legislation which was actively tracked and/or lobbied on CAPCA’s behalf in this second year of the 20092010 Legislative Session are briefly described here. Life will change in Sacramento after the November election with a new governor and the seating of a new Legislature. The governor must assemble a new team and we in turn on your behalf must analyze and understand the new working dynamics in both the Executive and Legislative branches of State government. We can expect a very busy and challenging time starting on November 3rd. AB 1721 (Swanson) - Pesticides: Safe School Zones Creates the “Healthy and Safe School Zone Act”; prohibits the use of restricted materials applied by specified methods (aerial application, application by powered equipment, chemigation (application through irrigation lines), fumigation, or other methods of application likely to cause offsite movement of pesticides) for commercial agricultural or state agricultural pest eradication or control programs within one-half mile or one-quarter mile of a school zone, as defined; prohibits the use of non-restricted materials applied by specified methods (as described above) for commercial agricultural or state agricultural pest eradication or control programs within one-quarter mile of a school safety zone; exempts approved organic pesticides from these prohibitions, except for elemental or lime sulfur, used for commercial agriculture; defines “school safety zone” to mean a schoolsite, as defined in Section 17609 of the Education Code; and, creates a new definition for “commercial agriculture” to mean any person engaged in the raising of crops, nursery stock, or animals, or producing animal products, for commerce. The bill would exempt the Department of Public Health and local vector control agencies providing service in accordance with Health and Safety Code Section 116180 and districts organized under the Mosquito Abatement and Vector Control District Law. Status: Assembly Agriculture Committee - Testimony Taken; Held in Committee
16 December 2010
Assembly Member Tony Mendoza, author of AB 2122, receives an award of recognition at the CAPCA 36th Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. (L-R): CAPCA Government Relations Chair Jill Levake-Scott, Assembly Member Tony Mendoza, and CAPCA lobbyist Jack Gualco.
AB 2038 (Eng) – Franchise Tax Board: Professional or Occupational Licenses Would from January 1, 2012 through January 1, 2016, permit a state governmental licensing entity, that issues professional or occupational licenses, certificates, registrations, or permits, to suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue a license where the applicant or licensee has failed to pay income taxes, subject to specified procedures. This bill would also require those licensing entities to provide to the Franchise Tax Board the name and social security number or federal taxpayer identification number of each individual licensee of that entity. Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee; Held in Committee AB 2122 (Mendoza) - Pesticides: Regulations: Continuing Education Provides that a regulation adopted or amended pertaining to continuing education requirements shall establish minimum course requirements related to pesticides and pest management and would require the director to approve courses that include certain subjects in the context of pesticides and pest management. The bill would require the director to act within 15 business days of receipt to approve or reject continuing education courses submitted to meet