Bill Summary for H 848 (2013-2014)

Summary date: 

May 15 2013

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 848 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO STUDY (1) WAYS TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM THE HEALTH IMPACTS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS AND (2) A PROCESS FOR THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO IDENTIFY AND DESIGNATE CHEMICALS OF HIGH CONCERN AND PRIORITY CHEMICALS.
Intro. by McGrady, Fulghum, Harrison, Glazier.

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House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

Changes the short and long titles.

Deletes the provisions of the previous edition in their entirety and makes the following proposed changes.

Creates the Joint Legislative Study Committee on Children's Health and Toxic Chemicals (Committee). Provides that the Committee will include ten members, five to be appointed by each legislative chamber.

Directs the committee to study ways to protect children from the health impacts of toxic chemicals found in children's products. Specifies that the following topics must be included:

(1) Strategies for state agencies to designate chemicals of high concern and to identify priority chemicals from within the list of chemicals of high concern.

(2) Methods for manufacturers of children's products to provide notice when a product contains a priority chemical.

(3) Development of alternatives assessments to identify alternatives that reduce or eliminate the use of and potential for children's exposure to chemicals of high concern.

Directs the committee to submit an interim report to the 2014 General Assembly and a final report, including legislative recommendations, to the 2015 General Assembly.

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