CPSIA Update: Senator Baucus Signs On for Reform

By April 22, 2009Regulations

From the latest Congressional Record:

 S. 608

   At the request of Mr. TESTER, the name of the Senator from Montana (Mr. BAUCUS) was added as a cosponsor of S. 608, a bill to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to exclude secondary sales, repair services, and certain vehicles from the ban on lead in children’s products, and for other purposes.

S. 608 is the bill that Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) has dubbed the “Dirt Bike Bill” that would allow the sale of ATVs designed for children’s use and provide some liability protection for thrift stores and other resellers from legal harassment for selling products with a minute level, safe level of lead. (See earlier Shopfoor.org post.)

Now maybe Senator Baucus signed on in response to especially vigorous lobbying by Montana outdoor enthusiasts and ranchers who use ATVs, but still. He’s an influential senior Democratic Senator, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, who has publicly acknowledged that the CPSIA is not working and needs to be changed by Congress.

That’s an important and very welcome statement.

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