An updated draft of legislation proposed to “fix” the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) has been released by the majority staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The text is here.
Also today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-2 to enact the proposed rule guiding the creation of a consumer database as required by Section 212 of the CPSIA.
From The Chicago Tribune’s Problem Solver blog, “CPSC to create searchable product safety database,” quoting AP’s story:
Manufacturers — and the commission’s two Republicans — have raised questions about what could end up on the Web site.
“Our primary concern is that information might be provided to the public which is not accurate or which might even be malicious,” said Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industry Association, which represents more than 530 toy manufacturers and importers. “The damage that could be done to a company’s reputation and sales could be irreparable.”
We’re with Carter on this one.
Also, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum testified on the commission’s budget on Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. Dick Durbinn (D-IL) issued a news release on the hearing, but we do not immediately find Tenebaum’s statement.
UPDATE (Friday, 8:45 a.m.): Rick Woldenberg has a red-line version of the legislation showing the changes line-by-line.
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