Legislative Update: The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

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The HSMG has been actively involved in advocacy for the handcrafted soap and cosmetics industry for the past several years.  We have made tremendous progress during the past year in introducing and familiarizing our industry to Capital Hill with the assistance of our DC advocates Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo. HSMG  leaders have met with Members of Congress to … Read More

HSMG Advocacy Position Statement

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The HSMG has issued the following Advocacy Position Statement, approved by the Board of Directors on July 14, 2011. The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG) is a non-profit trade association for soapmakers, small businesses hand making soaps and the handmade soap making industry as a whole. Depending on the formulation and/or claims, handmade soaps can be regulated by the FDA or … Read More

H.R 2359 The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 is Introduced

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Today, Reps. Schakowsky, Markey and Baldwin introduced The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, H.R. 2359. Here is the press release issued by Rep. Schakowsky’s office:  PRESS RELEASE The full text of the bill should be available Monday or Tuesday online.  You can look for it here by searching the bill number, H.R. 2359. We have a very open line of … Read More

An Update on The Safe Cosmetics Act in the 112th Congress

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(L to R) Deborah May, HSMG President Leigh O’Donnell, Congressman Brad Sherman (CA), Feleciai Favroth, Marie Gale In our continuing efforts to work with Members of Congress to advance the interests of the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild (HSMG), we would like to update you on the recent progress on the still evolving Safe Cosmetics Act in the 112th Congress. After … Read More

Legislative Update: Meetings Continue with Members of Congress

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Continuing our efforts to reach out to Members of the 112th Congress, I traveled to Washington, DC during the week of March 7th with several of my colleagues.  Over two days, we met with 16 Congressional Offices and 2 Senate Offices representing states across the country. Accompanied by Marie Gale (HSMG Past-President), Feleciai Favroth (HSMG Board Member) and Debbie May … Read More

Members of Congress Hear From The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild

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During the week of February 8th, I visited our nation’s capital for scheduled meetings with  several Republican and Democratic lawmakers representing Districts from New York to California.  I was joined by HSMG member and supporter, Debbie May of Wholesale Supplies Plus. Led by our Washington, D.C. advocates Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo, over the course of two days we met … Read More

WASHINGTON UPDATE: What to Expect in the 112th Congress?

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AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HSMG DC ADVOCATES MARY ANNE WALSH & RICK LIMARDO: As Capitol Hill prepares to close the chapter on the 111th Congress and convene a new session this month, we want to take a moment to evaluate and provide an overview of the changes that The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and its members can expect in the … Read More

Legislative Update: Major Changes Coming in the U.S. House of Representatives

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Now almost two weeks after the November 2, 2010 election, some of the dust is starting to settle and we are beginning to see how the Congressional landscape is going to change. With Republicans winning more than 60 seats in the House of Representatives, the Democratic led House will move to the minority in January 2011, and the Republicans will … Read More

Announcing the 2011 Conference Keynote Speaker – Barbara Corcoran

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As if you needed ONE MORE REASON to attend the 2011 Conference in Miami, Florida on May 18-20 at the Hilton Miami Downtown… We are proud to announce that the KEYNOTE SPEAKER will be Barbara Corcoran!! Barbara is the founder of The Corcoran Group and is most recognized as the weekly real estate contributor on NBC’s TODAY Show. She is also an investor/shark … Read More