REPUBLICAN SPONSORS JOINED BY ENTIRE IDC & MOST DEMOCRATS ON BILL
53 GROUPS CALL UPON SENATE LEADERSHIP TO BRING THE BILL TO FLOOR VOTE
MOMS WONDER: WILL SENATOR SKELOS SIDE WITH KIDS AND BRING BILL TO THE FLOOR OR SIDE WITH CHEMICAL MAKERS AND BLOCK THE VOTE?
(Albany) There are now 39 Senate sponsors on a bill to protect children from toxic chemicals intentionally added to toys, clothes, furniture and other products marketed to kids—representing 64% of sitting Senators. The Child Safe Products Act [S.4614a (Boyle)], amended in the Senate on Friday, passed in its original form the Assembly for the third time in a row earlier this year. 9 Republicans, all 5 Independent Democratic Conference members and 25 Democrats officially back the bill. Several more have committed to voting for the measure when it reaches the Senate floor.
The legislation is modeled on laws operating in Maine and Washington States and designed to encourage manufacturers of children’s products to remove intentionally added toxic chemicals. Toxic chemicals are particularly harmful to infants, toddlers and young children and linked to many serious health problems, including asthma, autism, learning disabilities, pediatric cancers and reproductive damage. They also contaminate drinking water, pollute the air, harm wildlife and cause untold natural resource damage.
The current Senate sponsors are: Boyle, Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Breslin, Carlucci, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Gianaris, Gipson, Golden, Hassell-Thompson, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Latimer, Lavalle, Martins, Montgomery, O’Brien, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky and Young.
The Child Safe Products Act has broad support among environmental, public health, healthcare provider, children’s advocacy, labor, civil right and community-based organizations, as well as businesses, such as Seventh Generation and the American Sustainable Business Council. 53 organizations have issued statements or submitting memos in support of the bill.
The bill cleared the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee this month without a single “no” vote. With 39 sponsors on the bill it has significantly more than the minimum number of votes to pass in the Senate and a sufficient number to support a motion to consider to place the bill on the floor.
Christine Brouwer of Moms for a Non-Toxic New York – Ithaca Chapter said, “The Child Safe Products Act is a bill whose time has come. The only question now is whether Senator Skelos will let the full Senate vote. Will he side with moms trying to protect their kids, or the chemical industry?” Christine lost her middle child, Mira, to brain cancer in 2008.
“Our children deserve the safest environment we as parents can give them. When toxic chemicals are used in their products, it puts their health at risk and adds to the toxic burden in their environment. Right now, parents have no way to pick the safe products. We need the State Senate to help us safeguard our children,” said Kate McArdle, of Moms for a Non-Toxic New York – Rochester Chapter and mother of two.
“It is a mistake to pit all businesses against environmental and health concerns, with the assumption being that caring about our communities is contrary to being profitable. Leading companies are highly motivated to identify and use safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. The Child Safe Products Act enables New York State to become more competitive, innovative, and economically sustainable. It is time for Senator Skelos and Senator Klein to bring it to the floor for a vote,” said Laura Neiderhofer, of the New York State Sustainable Business Council.
“The Child Safe Products Act will protect children’s health and New York’s environment by limiting toxic chemicals in common products marketed to children. The bill will empower parents to choose safer products, and send a powerful market signal for product developers to fully consider toxicity in materials selection. It’s common sense. Few if any bills enjoy this much support in the Senate. It’s time for a vote. Period,” said Kathy Curtis, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York and co-leader of the JustGreen Partnership.
The JustGreen Partnership is a diverse coalition of more than 50 organizations. Learn more at just-green.org