Prop 65 changes contemplated

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 18, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Tuesday, May 7th, Governor Brown revealed plans to pursue Proposition 65 reform to essentially eliminate frivolous lawsuits and make signage more informative for the public. The California Environmental Protection Agency’s (CalEPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has since announced plans for a pre-regulatory public workshop for the purpose of gathering input from interested parties on the content of a regulation that would address Prop 65 warnings. Such a regulation, if formally proposed and adopted, would either supplement or replace OEHHA regulations governing Prop 65 and conform to any statutory changes if enacted.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, July 30th in the Coastal Hearing Room at CalEPA Headquarters in Sacramento between 10:00 am and 3:30 pm. The workshop will be webcast. The URL for the webcast (not active until the day and time of the meeting) is: http://calepa.ca.gov/Broadcast/.

OEHHA has stated that if it is decided to formally propose a Proposition 65 warning regulation, additional opportunities for public input will be provided. At least a 2/3rds majority vote of the legislature will be required to enact changes so there is a strong desire from the Administration to attempt to get “buy-in” from all stakeholders. Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has agreed to carry legislation if the decision is made to move ahead.

Here is a link to more info: http://www.oehha.ca.gov./prop65/public_meetings/wrkshop070913.html

Specific language being contemplated will be forwarded to CMTA Environmental Quality Committee members.

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