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General Assembly

File No. 10

    February Session, 2018

House Bill No. 5188

House of Representatives, March 15, 2018

The Committee on Children reported through REP. URBAN of the 43rd Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the bill ought to pass.

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE USE OF RECYCLED TIRE RUBBER AT MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2018) (a) For the purposes of this section, "crumb rubber" means any material that contains shredded or ground rubber recycled from motor vehicle tires.

(b) On and after October 1, 2018, no person shall install a crumb rubber ground cover within the boundaries of a municipal playground, as defined by subdivision (7) of subsection (a) of section 22a-66m of the general statutes, or a playground located at a school under the jurisdiction of a local or regional board of education, until such time as the United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and United States Consumer Product Safety Commission release the findings of the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds.

(c) The provisions of subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to an installation that is the subject of a contract entered into prior to July 1, 2018.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2018

New section

KID

Joint Favorable

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Education, Dept. (Connecticut Education and Career System)

GF - Cost

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Various Municipalities

Cost

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill results in a potential cost to various municipalities and the Connecticut Education and Career System (CTECS) as it imposes a moratorium on installing ground cover made with any material that contains shredded or ground rubber recycled from motor vehicle tires (“crumb rubber”) on a municipal or public school playground. To the extent that a municipality or the CTECS were to plan to use recycled tire rubber during the moratorium, there is a potential cost with having to select a more expensive alternative.

The cost will vary based on: 1) the alternative product that is selected and 2) the amount of the chosen alternative required to complete the project.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to changes in the cost of products chosen to replace recycled rubber, and the length of the moratorium.

Sources:

http://www.safehealthyplayingfields.org/costs-synthetic-turf/

OLR Bill Analysis

HB05188

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON THE USE OF RECYCLED TIRE RUBBER AT MUNICIPAL AND PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS.

SUMMARY

Starting October 1, 2018, this bill imposes a moratorium on installing ground cover made with any material that contains shredded or ground rubber recycled from motor vehicle tires (“crumb rubber”) on a municipal or public school playground. It exempts from the moratorium crumb rubber installations subject to contracts entered into before July 1, 2018.

Under the bill, the moratorium remains in effect until the federal Environmental Protection Agency, National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Consumer Product Safety Commission release the findings of the Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds.

The federal agencies initiated this plan in February 2016 to study the potential environmental and human health impacts of crumb rubber, including from its use on playground surfaces. The agencies expect to release the final report summarizing study results in mid-2018.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Committee on Children

Joint Favorable

Yea

7

Nay

6

(03/01/2018)

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