Advocacy – State Progress

  • (2013 March)

Illinois House Committee votes to ban the sale of crib bumper pads HB 3052 (McAsey) passed the Illinois House Consumer Protection Committee with a vote of 9-5. It now goes to the full Illinois House. Let your legislator know you support this bill which would take dangerous crib bumper pads off store shelves in Illinois.

  • (2008 September)

California enacts children’s safety legislation On September 29, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Product Recall Safety & Protection Act (AB 1860) into law. The Act requires recall notice posting requirements in stores, establishes specific procedures for retailers to follow in the event of a recall and requires manufacturers to take recalled products back at no cost to retailers and consumers.

Pennsylvania – Representative Eugene DePasquale is calling upon the PA Senate to act on the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (HB 2087) before the Senate adjourns this session. This legislation would better protect PA children from dangerous recalled products with provisions that require recall notice posting requirements in stores, delineate specific recall procedures for retailers and manufacturers and make it easier for the public to obtain recall information.

    • (2008 August)

2008 brought a flurry of legislative activity. In Delaware, the newly enacted Children’s Toy Safety Act prohibits the sale or distribution of toys that are harmful or threaten the health of children. In Oregon, HB 3631 prohibits the sale of recalled children’s products. In Vermont, Governor Jim Douglas signed into law an act which gradually, but greatly, reduces the amount of lead that can be used in the making of children’s products. And in New York, the Children`s Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008 bans the sale of recalled juvenile products in the state. It also requires that a safety card be included for all durable products, among other safety provisions. As of publication, this legislation is still awaiting Governor Patterson’s signature.

The adoption of the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 gives state Attorneys General more authority to enforce federalregulation of products and also contains some measures that are the same as the state Children’s Product Safety Act – for instance, the banon selling recalled products or using older model or recalled unsafe cribs in commercial settings such as child care, second hand stores orhotels. KID is working to revamp our model legislation to fill in any gaps in states that don’t yet have their own legislation.

  • (2008 April)
    The Children’s Product Safety Act is being actively considered in several states.OregonHB 3631 prohibiting the sale or lease of a recalledchildren’s product has been signed by the Governor and is now law!WisconsinSB 37(Lassa) passed the Senate unanimously on February 19, 2008. Thenext step is to get it back in front of the Assembly for consideration. Stay tuned for updates.Washington – Senator Kohl-Welles is the primary sponsor of SB 6444.It has been referred to the Senate Committee on Labor, Commerce, and Research & Development. It was the subject of a public hearing on Jan. 29th.Pennsylvania – Representatives DePasquale has introduced HB 2087. It has been referred to the Committee on Consumer Affairs.New York – S 2220 (Klein) is in the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection.Missouri – Representative Margaret Donnelly has introduced HB 1361. Itwas heard by the House Judiciary Committee, but no votes taken to date.

    California – California Assemblyman Jared Huffman has introduced AB 1860 which would ban the sale or lease of anyrecalled products.

    Connecticut- Senate Democrats held a press conference on their intention tointroduce CPSA.

    Indiana – Senator Glenn Howard introduced SB 348, whichunfortunately stalled in the Committee on Commerce and Public Policy & Interstate Cooperation. KID will be working with other advocatesto move the legislation in the next session.

  • (2007 August)
    Governor Corzine signed S265, the Children’s Product Safety Act, onAugust 6, 2007. The new act will be effective in February 2008.
  • (2007 June)
    The Children’s Product Safety Act(S265) has passed both chambers in the New Jersey legislature and now awaits the Governor’s signature. New Jersey residents can take action by contacting Governor Corzine and asking him to sign S265.
  • (2007 June)
    The Children’s Product Safety Acthas been introduced in sixstates thus far in 2007.Wisconsin-SB 37(Lassa) is expected to come tothe Senate floor for a vote in June.Take Action!Wisconsin residents, click here to tell your Senator to vote YESon the Children’s Product Safety Act!New Jersey-S265 is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor. Right now, the fate of the bill lies with one man, Senator Richard J. Codey, the Senate President. He chooses which legislation will come before the Senate for a vote-a crucial step and one that most happen immediately.Take Action!
    New Jersey residents, contact Senator Codey and urge him to post this lifesaving legislation for a vote before the Senate!Texas-SB 972(Menedez) stalled because although it was placed on the GeneralState Calendar for a House vote, it was not acted upon on before the session adjourned in May. KID will be working with other advocates tomove the legislation in the next session.Tennessee-
    Action on (HB 1948) (Jones) has been deferred until the 2008 session. It will remain in the Commerce Subcommittee on Industrial Impact until further notice. There has been no movement on SB 1567 (Herron). It remains in the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee.

    New York-Senator Jeff Klein
    (D-34) has introduced S2220. It has been referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection. Assemblywoman Ginny Fields has introduced A6865. It has been referred to the Committee on Children and Families.

    Indiana-Senator Glenn Howard
    (D-33) introduced SB 511, which unfortunately stalled in a Senate Committee chaired by Senator Brente Steele (R-44). KID will be working with other advocates to move the legislation in thenext session.

    Writeto your lawmakers and tell them to support The Children’s Product Safety Act!

    Don’t see your state? Click hereto voice your support for two lifesaving pieces of national legislation or contact KID to seewhat you can do to get your state on this list!

  • (2007 May)Wisconsin-SB 37(Lassa) is expected to come tothe Senate floor for a vote in June.Take Action!
    Wisconsin residents, go here to find your Senators and tell them to vote YESon the Children’s Product Safety Act!Texas-SB 972(Menedez) passed out of the House Committee on Human Services andhas been placed on the General State Calendar for a vote on the House floor. Stay tuned for further developments.Tennessee-
    Action on (HB 1948) (Jones) has been deferred until the 2008 session. It will remain in the Commerce Subcommittee on Industrial Impact until further notice. There has been no movement on SB 1567 (Herron). It remains in the Commerce, Labor and AgricultureCommittee.New Jersey-S265has been received in the Senate. It is awaiting a second reading on the Senate floor. Stay tuned.New York-Senator Jeff Klein
    (D-34) has introduced S2220. It has been referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection. Assemblywoman Ginny Fields has introduced A6865. It has been referred to the Committee on Children and Families.

    Indiana-Senator Glenn Howard
    (D-33) introduced SB 511, which unfortunately stalled in a Senate Committee chaired by Senator Brente Steele (R-44). KID will be working with other advocates to move the legislation in thenext session.

  • (2007 May)
    New Jersey-S265was passedunanimously by the New Jersey Assembly last month. The bill now moves backto the Senate to approve the Assembly amendments.New York-Senator Jeff Klein
    (D-34) has introduced S2220. It has been referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection. Assemblywoman Ginny Fields has introduced A6865. It has been referred to the Committee on Children and Families.Tennessee-Senator Roy Herron(D-24) has introduced SB 1567. It has been referred to the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee. A companion bill (HB 1948) was intoduced by Representative Sherry Jones(D-59). It has been referred to theCommerce Subcommittee on Industrial Impact. Action on the House bill has been deferred until the 2008 session.Wisconsin-Senator Julie Lassa(D-24) has introduced SB 37. It unanimously passed the Committee on JobCreation, Economic Development, Family Prosperity and Housing in April. The bill is now waiting to be scheduled on the Senate floor.Senator Lassa has also co-sponsored a bill (AB148) to ban yo-yo balls. Illinois mom Lisa Lipin has worked tirelessly to banthisdangerous toy after her son nearly strangled in 2003. It has been referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Personal PrivacyIndiana-Senator Glenn Howard (D-33) introduced SB 511, which unfortunately stalled in a Senate Committee chaired by Senator Brente Steele(R-44). KID will be working with other advocates to move the legislation in thenext session.Texas-Senator Leticia Van De Putte(D-26) has introduced SB 972. The bill haspassed out of the Senate. Representative Jose Menendez (D-124) will sponsor the House bill. Stay tuned for further developments.Click here for more information on how to take action or to help advocate on this importantlegislation. Watch this progress check or sign up for our monthly email alerts for updates.
  • (2007 April)
    The Children’s Product Safety Act has been introduced in sixstates thus far in 2007.New Jersey-S265was passed unanimously by the New Jersey Assembly last month. The bill now moves backto the Senate to approve the Assembly amendments.New York-Senator Jeff Klein
    (D-34) has introduced S2220. It has been referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection. Assemblywoman Ginny Fields has introduced A6865. It has been referred to the Committee on Children and Families.Tennessee-Senator Roy Herron(D-24) has introduced SB 1567. It has been referred to the Commerce, Labor and Agriculture Committee. A companion bill (HB 1948) was intoduced by Representative Sherry Jones(D-59). It has been referred to theCommerce Subcommittee on Industrial Impact.Wisconsin-Senator Julie Lassa(D-24) has introduced SB 37. It has been referred to the Committee on JobCreation, Economic Development, Family Prosperity and Housing. It is expected to come up for a hearing in the middle of April. Senator Lassa has also co-sponsored a bill (AB148) to ban yo-yo balls.Illinois mom Lisa Lipin has worked tirelessly to banthisdangerous toy after her son nearly strangled in 2003.Indiana-Senator Glenn Howard
    (D-33) introduced SD 511, which unfortunately stalled in a Senate Committee chaired by Senator Brente Steele (R-44). KID will be working with other advocates to move the legislation in thenext session.Texas-Senator Leticia Van De Putte(D-26) has introduced SB 972. It has beenreferred to the Committee on State Affairs.
  • (2004 June)
    A recall in 2003 emphasized the need to update the 1999 Children’s Product Safety Act. A Learning Curve product was recalled because of the presence of leadpaint. Days and even weeks later, the product was still showing up on numerous retail websites without recall notification. The currentChildren’s Product Safety Act was examined to see if internet sites could legally be required to list product recalls. Senator Carol Ronenintroduced SB 2379, requiring posting of recall notices in retail establishments and internet sites carrying the product. It passed in thestate senate but not the house due to opposition from retailers. Hopefully an agreement can be reached in the next session. In themeantime, Senator Carol Ronen has pledged to work with the Illinois Department of Public Health to implement as many of the new proposalsas possible without new legislation. Read more about the status of SB2379.
  • (2004 July)
    A companion bill, SB 2378 passed both the Illinois House and the Senate and was signed into law by Illinois Governor Blagojevich. This billamends the Child Care Act to improve the ability of the Department of Children and Family Services to inform childcare providers aboutrecalled children’s products. The original Children’s Product Safety Act prohibits the sale or use of recalled or dangerous children’sproducts in licensed childcare facilities. The amendment specifies that DCFS shall notify childcare providers during the licenseapplication process and annual monitoring visits about recalled products and the rules covering childcare facilities. It also requiresproviders to post recall information for parents.KID would especially like to thank the bill’s Senate sponsor (Senator Carol Ronen), House Sponsor (Representative David Miller) and Actionfor Children for their hard work in Springfield on the legislation. Read more about the status of SB 2379.

New States Interested in the Children’s Product Safety Act

  • (2004 January)
    In addition to Illinois, six states have passed the Children’s Product Safety Act, and more are working towards that goal. New Hampshire’s Children’s Product Safety Act was recently introduced by Senator Andre Martel. KID continues to work with supporters in Pennsylvania and New York to pass this crucial legislation, In addition, the act has sparked interest in several states for the 2004 legislative session including Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada. To encourage your state to pass the legislation, contact KID for an Action Pack with information.