New York, April, 23rd, 2015, in a bipartisan effort, the New York State Assembly approved the Child Safe Products Act with a vote of 102-29.
The measure sailed through state Assembly, but is expected to have a harder time getting through in the New York State senate, where toy industry groups have ramped up their efforts to oppose the bill.
State Senator and bill Co-sponsor, José M. Serrano was appreciative of the Assembly for passing the bill, while expressing hopefulness that it would get through the senate, saying:
"Nothing is more important than a child's safety and I applaud the New York State Assembly for taking the first step and passing this essential legislation. As a co-sponsor of this bill, I am hopeful that the New York State Senate will follow the Assembly's lead in passing the child safe product act. I would like to thank WE ACT and all of the other groups and individuals for their steadfast advocacy."
WE ACT Deputy Director and Just Green partnership Co Chair, Cecil Corbin-Mark, shared Senator Serrano’s optimism, while pointing out how often the bill has gone up for a vote:
“We are grateful to the Assembly for their overwhelming support. However, it should be noted that this is the 8th time we have introduced this bill. We need representative Skelos to follow in the leadership of Senator Phil Boyle, to assure that this vote goes through, and we’re not having the same discussion next session.”
The Child Safe Products Act is a bill that would accomplish the following:
- Identify chemicals of high concern
- Create a priority list of chemicals of high concern found in children's products, and require that safer alternatives be used.
- Require manufacturers to disclose the use of these priority chemicals in children's products, and alert retailers to their presence.
- Phase out the most dangerous chemicals in children's products.
These chemicals include, benzene, formaldehyde, lead, mercury, antimony, arsenic, cadmium and cobalt.
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West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT for Environmental Justice) is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. Follow us on Facebook, and Twitter