By Angela Chagnon
As the end of the legislative session nears, legislators are frantically attempting to get the most important, crucial and critical legislation through before it’s too late.
Enter S.92 – An act relating to the protection of students’ health by requiring the use of safe cleaning products in schools. As you may have already concluded, this legislation’s noble goal is to protect children from poisonous cleaning products.
But what most people may not know is that the most dangerous product of all may be lurking beneath their bathroom or kitchen counter. And we desperately need legislation to protect us from this terrible substance.
And just what is this noxious element that requires such drastic action from the legislature? It’s none other than…your air freshener! (Cue theme from “Jaws”)
During discussion of S.92 on the House floor Monday, Rep. Sarah Buxton (D-Royalton) offered a gravely essential amendment to this bill that would ban the sale of air fresheners to schools.
Yes, that’s right–it would ban air fresheners from school buildings. The amendment reads in part:
“Section 1783. Air Fresheners
A distributor or manufacturer shall not sell, offer for sale, or distribute air fresheners to a school, school district, supervisory union, or procurement consortium.”
The original language as passed by the Senate read: “A school district shall not purchase or allow the use of air fresheners in a school.”
This is a blow to every child that uses school locker rooms and bathrooms, akin to child abuse. It seems that with so many pieces of major legislation being rushed through this session without much thought or consideration, some legislators just end up having too much stinkin’ time on their hands.