CPSIA Update: A Constituent Writes, a Congressman Responds

By March 17, 2009Regulations

Julie Finn, who does crafts with recycled goods in her Indiana home, is another citizen motivated to action by the overreach and economic damage caused by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. She recently  wrote her member of Congress, Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN), and last weekend posted the Congressman’s reply (dated February 29).

Rep. Hill mostly summarizes the provisions of the bill and identifies the public’s concerns, but he does offer this tidbit of news: “The House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection has plans to hold hearings in the 111th Congress to monitor and oversee the implementations of the law by the CPSC.  I will certainly keep your concerns in mind as my Colleagues and I review the actions taken by the CPSC.”

Well, when? The longer the law remains unaddressed, the more it costs businesses, thrift stores, libraries and consumers.

There’s evidence Congress is starting to take note of the public outcry. Rep. Hill’s Democratic colleague from Indiana, Rep. Brad Ellsworth, introduced a bill last week to bring some relief to small and family-owned businesses. Meanwhile, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) introduced  a bill yesterday to exempt all-terrain vehicles from the lead-content requirements of the CPSIA. (See below)

Good and thank you. But a bill can be introduced, referred to committee, and then disappear.

Let’s have a hearing and let the public speak. And then Congress should act.

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H.R.1465 : To amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to provide regulatory relief to small and family-owned businesses.
Sponsor: Rep Ellsworth, Brad [IN-8] (introduced 3/12/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1510 : To amend the lead prohibition provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to provide an exemption for certain all-terrain vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] (introduced 3/16/2009)      Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/16/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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