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On the list of bills for tomorrow: Toxic toys

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 31, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
March 31, 2008 5:23 pm

So guess what’s on tomorrow’s list of bills to be addressed by the governor: The toxic toys bill, which is formally known as the “Children’s Safe Products Act.” It bans lead, phthalates and cadmium from toys and other products designed for kids. Critics of the bill say it goes too far and would ruin Washington’s Christmas.


Rumor has it that the governor will veto parts of the bill, leaving it for next year’s Legislature to jimmy with. Of course, no one will confirm that for me.


But if you read through the bill you can get a pretty good idea of a section that’s ripe for cutting. (Hint: Section 3, which explicitly bans lead, phthalates and cadmium.)


What would that accomplish? Well, Section 4 authorizes the Department of Ecology to come up with a list of harmful chemicals that should be banned from toys. If that section stays, the department could get the ball rolling on the list and give next year’s legislators something to start thinking about.


Of course, that’s just a suspicion. We’ll find out tomorrow.


Update: Here’s the full list of bills to be considered tomorrow. Enjoy.


Update 2: Someone smarter than I (and there are many of you, aren’t there?) pointed out that another section of the bill is prime for a veto. That would be section 8 (like housing!), subsection 5. It says: “The department shall adopt rules to finalize the list of high priority chemicals that are of high concern to children identified in section 4(1) of this act by Jan. 10, 2010.”


Or at least I think that’s the part. Like I said, they’re smarter than I. Again, we’ll find out tomorrow.

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