Editor’s Note – Below is an excellent small business article on the problems with SB 478 toy mandate bill by economist Dr. Eric Fruits as As featured in The Oregonian, April 11, 2015. If you would like to contact your legislator on this issue, click here.
“…just about any store selling these common toys would have to report the chemical contents to the state agency….But, it’s not just common toys. It’s also car seats, clothing, and even kitchen utensils designed with a cartoon caricature. For superstores like Fred Meyer, Target, and Walmart, tens of thousands of products would need a report filed with the OHA.”
Among the several thousand bills that the Oregon legislature will consider this legislative session is Senate Bill 478. On its face, SB 478 is designed to help protect children from harmful chemicals. It does so by setting up a new system to monitor a list of “high priority” chemicals in toys and other “children’s products.” The new system and the priority list would then be managed and administered by the Oregon Health Authority. Read more »