Sunset Pesticide Applicators' Act
- Sections 1 and 2 of the bill continue the act for 11 years, until September 1, 2034;
- Section 3 updates the statutory definition of "use" to align with the federal definition adopted by the federal environmental protection agency;
- The commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) maintains a registry of pesticide-sensitive persons (registry) whose residences are listed in the registry. If a commercial, registered limited commercial, or registered public applicator (applicator) applies a pesticide near the residence of a pesticide-sensitive person included in the registry, the applicator is required to take reasonable actions to notify the pesticide-sensitive person of the pesticide application. Section 4 authorizes a pesticide-sensitive person to apply for inclusion of the person's primary work or school address in the registry as well. In addition, section 4 authorizes an applicator to provide electronic notice to pesticide-sensitive persons.
- Section 4 also requires that, on or before July 1, 2024, the department of agriculture (department) develop a searchable database of all properties that abut or are entirely located within 250 feet of a residential property listed on the registry for applicators to search. If an applicator will apply pesticides on a property included in the searchable database, the applicator is required to notify the relevant pesticide-sensitive person of the pesticide application.
45 increases the maximum civil penalty for a violation of the act from $1,000 to $2,500 for the first violation, which results in the possibility of a maximum civil penalty of $5,000 for a second violation;
56 requires that money collected for civil penalties imposed under the act be transferred to the general fund;
67 requires the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner)to publish and periodically update information on the department of agriculture'sdepartment's website about pesticide applicators' licensing and registration;
78 requires the commissioner to establish an online complaint process;
89 limits the number of terms that members of the advisory committee, appointed by the state agricultural commission to advise the commissioner, may serve to 2 terms, but allows a member representing the Colorado state university agricultural experiment station or extension service (CSU) or the Colorado department of public health and environment (CDPHE) to serve on the advisory committee for unlimited terms during the duration of the member's employment with CSU or CDPHE; and
9 to 1110 to 12 place language in statutes governing local governments that mirrors the language in the act requiring a local government that adopts an ordinance or resolutionabout pesticides to submit information to the commissioner about the ordinance. or resolution.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)