Chemical bills update

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 21, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 772, juvenile product fire retardant ban, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D–San Francisco) failed passage on Monday in Assembly Appropriations.  The bill was recently amended in the Assembly Business & Professions Committee from a ban to allowing specified children’s product manufacturers to decide for themselves whether or not they want to use fire retardants on their products, but this fact must be identified on the receipt.  During the hearing it was noted that under this bill, items in a child’s bedroom may no longer be required to be coated with a fire retardant, while, under California fire law, the same products in an adult's bedroom would have to be protected.  The author was granted reconsideration for the bill, but it is questionable if he will make another run at getting it passed.

The Bisphenol A (BPA) ban bill, SB 797, by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) is still alive and on third reading on the floor of the Assembly.  In spite of vociferous opposition by environmental groups, OEHHA recently ruled that there was insufficient evidence at the present time to add BPA to the Proposition 65 list.   We are told that this decision is going to be challenged in the courts.

Mid-July, Assembly Member Julia Browning (D-Santa Monica) announced that her bill, AB 1329, would be placed on the Inactive File.  This bill would have banned single-use food or beverage containers made predominantly of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic resin.  However, as of August 20th, the bill was still scheduled for Third Reading on the Floor of the Senate.
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