In 1990 California passed legislation known as Senate Bill (SB) 2733 to require the development of playground regulations; this was the enabling legislation. The Playground Safety Regulations were developed by the California Department of Health Services based on this legislation. They were adopted and became law on January 1, 2000. Within a short time several problems with the original law became apparent and several other pieces of legislation were passed to modify the requirements. The most notable was Assembly Bill (AB) 1144 that was adopted in September of 2006 and became law on January 1, 2008. For those who would like to see a more detailed history please see our “Up to Speed” article.
AB 1144 Harman
This Bill to revise the California Playground Safety Regulations was adopted in September of 2006 and became effective on January 1, 2008. This is a summary of the changes made by AB 1144. To see the actual Bill go to AB 1144.
SB 2733 Rosenthall
This bill requiring the State Department of Health services to develop playground safety regulations was approved by Governor Deukmejian in September of 1990 but he deleted the appropriation of funds so the project was delayed. The Playground Safety Regulations were finally adopted and enforceable on January 1, 2000.