The Assembly yesterday passed Senate Bill 86, a measure requiring quarterly reporting on the use of the granular form of chlorpyrifos. Assemblymember Laura Friedman of Los Angeles County introduced the measure as a “data collection bill” that would monitor the chlorpyrifos products and their effects on children.
Republican Devon Mathis of Visalia countered that the “the timing of this bill could not be worse, with the budget cuts and everything else.” He argued that while the insecticide is known to be dangerous, the pelletized granular form is safer. "To say that workers are carrying this back into their homes is basically calling the workers incompetent, which we all know isn't true,” he added.
Both Friedman and Assemblymember Mark Stone of Scotts Valley said they would rather see a ban on all forms of chlorpyrifos than this measure.
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