February 18, 2009

CPSIA reform bills inch ahead

The original bill (S. 374) introduced in the senate was joined by a companion bill (HR 968) in the House of Representatives on Feb. 10, 2009, which is virtually identical to the Senate bill by DeMint. There is also a much shorter bill (S. 389) to establish a conditional stay of the ban on lead in children's products (introduced in the Senate on Feb 5, 2009) that seems to only delay implementation. The house bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and S. 374 was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under the subcommittee on consumer affairs.

We will try to watch these bill as best we can. Bills can languish for months and then pass fairly quickly so make sure your sign up for our news alerts on the left side of this page. We really would like to see a site like this put up by the BPSA. Otherwise if you need to write to your Federal Congressman or Senator urging them to pass these bills (or how they should be changed to help your specific situation) start here to find all their contact info based on your zip code. Dont forget to also check your business AND home zip code as they may be in two different districts.

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