Colorado has proposed a bill known as The Colorado Safe Personal Care Products Act, it was introduced by the Colorado Women’s Lobby under the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. If passed, Colorado will place a ban on all personal care products that contain carcinogens or reproductive toxins, placing $5,000 to $10,000 fines on any manufacturer that violates this ban. To read the entire bill visit here: http://www.leg.state.co.us/CLICS/CLICS2010A/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/399D0F36FF7CAE54872576BD006FDDEC?Open&file=1248_01.pdf
To follow the progress of the bill visit here: http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics/CLICS2010A/csl.nsf/BillFoldersHouse?openFrameset
The Bill is numbered HB10-1248.
The problem with this bill is that it is so broad and vague and the penalties so stiff that small businesses may no longer be able to do business in Colorado.
The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee and is sponsored in the house by Dianne Primavera, Dennis Apuan, Joe Miklosi Cap and Karen Middleton.
Here are their phone numbers & email addresses:
Dianne Primavera – 303-866-4667 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Apuan – 303-866-3069 – email@example.com
Karen Middleton – 303-866-3911 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Miklose Cap – 303-866-2910 – email@example.com
If you are a member that lives and/or does business in Colorado we urge you to contact the reps to have your voice heard. If you have already done so and have additional information please email me at: President@soapguild.org
Some talking points:
Will acceptable limits be set for ingredients that are considered safe unless used in large quantaties?
What is the “Successor Agency” of the EPA, an “authoritative body” as written in this section of the bill:
“THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY (23) DECLARES IT TO BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE (24) TO TAKE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS SOLD AND (25) USED IN THIS STATE ARE SAFE AND DO NOT CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT (26) CAUSE CANCER OR REPRODUCTIVE TOXICITY.” HOUSE BILL 10-1248″
Soap is not specifically mentioned or exempted, will true soap be exempted from this bill?
Look for more information soon. I will post as it becomes available.
Leigh O’Donnell, HSMG President