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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2018

LCO No. 5478

   
 

*HB0517105478SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. KENNEDY, 12th Dist.

 

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5171

File No. 680

Cal. No. 496

"AN ACT PROHIBITING THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH FROM MAKING RESCISSIONS OR OTHER REDUCTIONS TO THE EDUCATION COST SHARING GRANT DURING THE FISCAL YEAR."

In line 25, after "only" insert, "including, but not limited to, the requirements of section 10-16b, as amended by this act,"

After the last section, add the following and renumber sections and internal references accordingly:

"Sec. 501. Section 10-16b of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) In the public schools the program of instruction offered shall include at least the following subject matter, as taught by legally qualified teachers, the arts; career education; consumer education; health and safety, including, but not limited to, human growth and development, nutrition, first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in accordance with the provisions of section 10-16qq, disease prevention and cancer awareness, including, but not limited to, age and developmentally appropriate instruction in performing self-examinations for the purposes of screening for breast cancer and testicular cancer, community and consumer health, physical, mental and emotional health, including youth suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, safety, which shall include the safe use of social media, as defined in section 9-601, and may include the dangers of gang membership, and accident prevention; language arts, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and spelling; mathematics; physical education; science, which may include the climate change curriculum described in subsection (d) of this section; social studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics, geography, government and history; computer programming instruction; and in addition, on at least the secondary level, one or more world languages and vocational education. For purposes of this subsection, world languages shall include American Sign Language, provided such subject matter is taught by a qualified instructor under the supervision of a teacher who holds a certificate issued by the State Board of Education. For purposes of this subsection, the "arts" means any form of visual or performing arts, which may include, but not be limited to, dance, music, art and theatre.

(b) If a local or regional board of education requires its pupils to take a course in a world language, the parent or guardian of a pupil identified as deaf or hard of hearing may request in writing that such pupil be exempted from such requirement and, if such a request is made, such pupil shall be exempt from such requirement.

(c) Each local and regional board of education shall on September 1, 1982, and annually thereafter at such time and in such manner as the Commissioner of Education shall request, attest to the State Board of Education that such local or regional board of education offers at least the program of instruction required pursuant to this section, and that such program of instruction is planned, ongoing and systematic.

(d) The State Board of Education shall make available curriculum materials and such other materials as may assist local and regional boards of education in developing instructional programs pursuant to this section. The State Board of Education, within available appropriations and utilizing available resource materials, shall assist and encourage local and regional boards of education to include: (1) Holocaust and genocide education and awareness; (2) the historical events surrounding the Great Famine in Ireland; (3) African-American history; (4) Puerto Rican history; (5) Native American history; (6) personal financial management, including, but not limited to, financial literacy as developed in the plan provided under section 10-16pp; (7) training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators; (8) labor history and law, including organized labor, the collective bargaining process, existing legal protections in the workplace, the history and economics of free market capitalism and entrepreneurialism, and the role of labor and capitalism in the development of the American and world economies; (9) climate change consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards; and [(9)] (10) topics approved by the state board upon the request of local or regional boards of education as part of the program of instruction offered pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall be available to each local and regional board of education for the development of curriculum on climate change as described in this subsection.

Sec. 502. Section 22a-610 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Tier I information" means information in aggregate terms for hazardous chemicals in categories of health and physical hazards as set forth under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and regulations promulgated thereunder, including (A) an estimate, in ranges, of the maximum amount of hazardous chemicals in each category present at the facility at any time during the preceding calendar year, (B) an estimate, in ranges, of the average daily amount of hazardous chemicals in each category present at the facility during the preceding calendar year and (C) the general location of hazardous chemicals in each category.

(2) "Tier II information" means information requested in accordance with subsection (c) for hazardous chemicals including, but not limited to, (A) the chemical name or common name of the chemical as provided on the material safety data sheet, (B) an estimate, in ranges, of the maximum amount of the hazardous chemicals present at the facility at any time during the preceding calendar year, (C) an estimate, in ranges, of the average daily amount of the hazardous chemicals present at the facility during the preceding calendar year, (D) a brief description of the manner of storage of the hazardous chemicals, (E) the location at the facility of the hazardous chemicals and (F) an indication of whether the owner elects to withhold location information of a specific chemical from disclosure to the public under Section 324 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986.

(3) "Hazardous chemical" means a chemical for which a material safety data sheet is required under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (15 USC 651 et seq.) or a chemical on a list required to be filed under section 22a-609.

(b) On or before March 1, 1990, and annually thereafter, the owner or operator of any facility required to prepare or have available a material safety data sheet for a hazardous chemical under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and regulations promulgated thereunder shall, for any such hazardous chemical present at the facility in an amount equal to or in excess of the minimum threshold level specified in Part 370 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as amended from time to time, prepare and submit an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form containing tier I or tier II information to the appropriate local emergency planning committee, the commission and the fire department with jurisdiction over the facility. The owner or operator may comply with this section by (1) providing information on the inventory form on each element or compound in the mixture which is a hazardous chemical or (2) providing information on the inventory form on the mixture itself.

(c) (1) The owner or operator of a facility submitting an emergency and hazardous chemical inventory form in accordance with subsection (b) of this section shall provide tier II information for a facility to the commission, a local emergency planning committee or a fire department with jurisdiction over the facility upon request of such commission, committee or department.

(2) Any state or municipal official may have access to tier II information submitted in accordance with subsection (b) of this section upon submitting a request to the commission or the local emergency planning committee. Upon request for such information, the commission or local committee shall request the owner or operator of the facility for the tier II information and make available such information to the official.

(d) The owner or operator of a facility which files an inventory form under this section shall, upon request of the fire department with jurisdiction over the facility, allow such fire department to conduct an on-site inspection of the facility and provide to the fire department specific location information on hazardous chemicals at the facility.

(e) For any such facility that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identifies as being located in an area at high risk of: (1) Flooding, (2) a severe weather event, or (3) a rise in sea level, as identified in sea level change scenarios published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Technical Report OAR CPO-1 and updated pursuant to subsection (b) of section 25-68o, not later than January 1, 2019, the owner or operator of such facility shall update the hazard mitigation plan and any applicable evacuation plan for such facility to address such risk. Any such updated hazard mitigation plan and evacuation plan shall be submitted to the applicable local emergency planning committee not later than sixty days after it is updated pursuant to this subsection. Each such local emergency planning committee shall review such submissions and determine any necessary changes to the applicable community plans for chemical emergencies, including, but not limited to, any enhanced community notification and emergency evacuation procedures.

Sec. 503. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Not later than July 1, 2018, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, shall convene a working group of representatives of the apparel industry and the environmental community for the purpose of developing a consumer awareness and education program concerning the presence of synthetic microfibers in clothing. Such program shall include, but not be limited to, consumer oriented information that explains the process by which such microfibers are shed from clothing and are dispersed in the state's waterways, best practices for consumers to eliminate and reduce the disbursement of microfibers from clothing into the waterways of the state and information on efforts that members of the apparel industry, including, but not limited to, brand labels, are undertaking to reduce or eliminate microfibers in clothing. The working group shall include, but not be limited to, a representative of each of the following organizations: (1) The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, (2) the American Apparel and Footwear Association, (3) the American Apparel and Producer's Network, (4) Fashion Group International, (5) the National Retail Federation, (6) the Council of Fashion Designers of America, (7) Fashion Business, Inc., and (8) the Outdoor Industry Association. Not later than January 1, 2019, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment on the efforts of such working group and any related recommendations for legislation concerning such consumer awareness and education program and the reduction of microfibers in our state's waterways."

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

Sec. 501

October 1, 2018

10-16b

Sec. 502

October 1, 2018

22a-610

Sec. 503

from passage

New section