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2013 Toxic Chemicals Legislation

Posted by SAFER States on Mar 18, 2013


2013 Map of Active Toxics Legislation

We have long championed the good work being done in the states, as advocates step into statehouses and pass policies to protect their residents from harmful toxic chemicals. States have been introducing bills to reduce exposure to chemicals that have been linked to health problems such as cancer, cognitive learning problems, reproductive issues, endocrine disruption, early puberty, immune diseases, obesity and diabetes. And 2013 is no exception.

A wide breadth of bills have been introduced across this country this year. Take a look at the list and you will find policies that address individual chemicals like bisphenol A and cadmium, policies that address classes of chemicals such as flame retardants, and policies that create a holistic approach by creating a list of chemicals of concern or tackle disclosure and safer alternatives.

The 2013 toxics bills are detailed below, on this constantly-changing (and constantly-growing!) list. They can be sorted by state or type of policy, and provide links so you can read bill language in depth or see the latest status.

State Category Summary
AKChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 96. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health.

Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals in products. (Bill link)
AZBisphenol ASB 1358. Bans BPA in baby food jars, infant formula packaging, and children's plastic containers. (Bill link)
AZGreen CleaningHB 2606. Requires all school districts to adopt green cleaning policies. (Bill link)
CAChemical Prioritization & DisclosureSB 498. Requires evaluation of chemicals of concern in consumer products and identification of strategies to reduce exposure. (Bill link)
CAToxic Flame RetardantsAB 127. Annouces intention to reduce use of toxic flame retardants in foam building insulation. (Bill link)
CAToxic Chemicals GeneralAJR 30. Asks that Congress and the President not enact the federal Chemical Safety Improvement Act in its current form, which preempts a states' authority to protect the public from toxic chemicals. (Bill link)
CAToxic Chemicals GeneralSB 460. Requires that during prenatal screening, women receive information about toxics chemicals and how they can take steps to reduce their exposure. (Bill link)
CTBisphenol ASB 16. Requires labeling of food and drinks sold in packages containing BPA. (Bill link)
CTCadmiumHB 6498. Bans cadmium in children's jewelry. (Bill link)
CTChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 6526. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals in products. Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern and provide support to businesses to adopt safer alternatives. (Bill link)
CTState Agency Authority to Phase OutHB 6526. See HB 6526 summary in Chemical Prioritization & Disclosure category. (Bill link)
CTToxic Chemicals GeneralHB 5728. Requires state to study possible causes of breast cancer and identify environmental risks. (Bill link)
CTToxic Flame RetardantsHB 6332. Bans the toxic flame retardants TDCPP, TDCP, TCEP, and TCPP in children's products for kids three years of age and younger. (Bill link)
DEChemical PrioritizationHB 111. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health. (Bill link)
DEToxic Flame RetardantsHB 110. Bans children’s products or furniture containing Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP, TCEP, TCPP) or any "chemical of high concern." (Bill link)
FLChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 773/SB 1154. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol AHB 351/SB 640. Bans BPA and phthalates in children's products. Requires use of safer replacement chemicals or materials.

Bans product packaging containing heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium.

Bans vinyl intravenous solution bags and tubing in state hospitals. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol AHB 396. Bans BPA and phthalates in children's food and drink containers. Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals or materials. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol ASB 383. Bans BPA and phthalates in children's products.

Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals or materials. (Bill link)
HIBisphenol ASB 384. Bans BPA and phthalates in children's food and drink containers. Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals or materials. (Bill link)
HICadmiumHB 351/SB 640. See HB 351/SB 640 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HICadmiumHB 585. Bans cadmium in children's products. (Bill link)
HILeadHB 351/SB 640. See HB 351/SB 640 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIPhthalatesHB 351/SB 640. See HB 351/SB 640 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIPhthalatesHB 396. See HB 396 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIPhthalatesSB 383. See SB 383 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIPhthalatesSB 384. See SB 384 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
HIVinylHB 351/SB 640. See HB 351/SB 640 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
IDChemical Prioritization & DisclosureSCR 116. Encourages companies to use safer chemicals and to voluntarily disclose use of potentially harmful chemicals. (Bill link)
IDToxic Chemicals GeneralSCR 116. See SCR 116 summary in Chemical Disclosure category. (Bill link)
ILToxic Flame RetardantsHB 2921. Bans toxic the flame retardants TDCPP, TCEP, and TCPP, and any flame retardant identified by state as a concern for health, in children's products or home furniture. (Bill link)
KYBisphenol AHB 287. Bans BPA in baby food jars, infant formula, and plastic containers.

Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals or materials.

Prohibits use of replacement chemicals that are linked to cancer or reproductive health problems. (Bill link)
MABisphenol ASB 400/HB 1992. Bans BPA in children's products. Prohibits use of replacement chemicals that are linked to cancer or reproductive health problems. (Bill link)
MACadmiumSB 990. Bans cadmium in kids' jewelry and dishware. (Bill link)
MAChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 235/SB 354. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health.

Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern in children's products.

Creates process to identify safer alternatives to priority chemicals.

Provides technical assistance and support to businesses to adopt safer alternatives. (Bill link)
MAGreen CleaningH 2086. Requires safe cleaning products be used in schools, day care centers, public buildings, and common areas of public housing. (Bill link)
MASafe CosmeticsH 1990. Requires cosmetics makers to report to state all of their products that contain cancer-causing or other toxic chemicals. (Bill link)
MAState Agency Authority To Phase OutHB 235/SB 354. See HB 235/SB 354 summary in Chemical Prioritization. (Bill link)
MATechnical SupportHB 235/SB 354. See HB 235/SB 354 summary in Chemical Prioritization. (Bill link)
MAToxic Chemicals GeneralH 1990. See H 1990 summary in Safe Cosmetics category. (Bill link)
MAToxic Flame RetardantsSB 351. Bans the toxic flame retardants TDCPP, TCEP, TCPP, PBDEs, and chemicals of high concern, in children's products or home furniture. (Bill link)
MDToxic Chemicals GeneralHJR 1. Expresses support for the reform of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. (Bill link)
MDToxic Flame RetardantsHB 99. Bans the toxic flame retardant TCEP in certain children's products, including toys, car seats and nursing pillows. (Bill link)
MEBisphenol ALR 1627. See LR 1627 summary in Chemical Reporting category.
MEBisphenol ABans BPA in infant formula cans and baby food packaging.
MEChemical Prioritization & DisclosureLR 1627. See LR 1627 summary in Chemical Reporting category.
MEChemical ReportingLR 1627. Requires disclosure of certain chemicals in consumer products.

Requires state to priortize chemcials of concern for children.

Allows state to consider phasing out of BPA in all food packaging.
METoxic Flame RetardantsLD 735/SP 273. Adds toxic flame retardant TDCPP to state's list of chemicals of high concern. (Bill link)
MICadmiumSB 17. Bans cadmium and mercury in children's products. (Bill link)
MIMercurySB 17. See SB 17 summary in Cadmium category. (Bill link)
MNBisphenol ASF 379/HF 459. Bans BPA in children's food containers. Prohibits a chemical with evidence of human toxicity from being used as a replacement for BPA. (Bill link)
MNChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHF 605/SF 466. See HF 605 / SF 466 summary in Chemical Reporting category. (Bill link)
MNChemical ReportingHF 605/SF 466. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals of concern in products. Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern in children's products. (Bill link)
MNFormaldehydeSF 357/HF 458. Bans formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals in children's personal care products. Prohibits a chemical with evidence of human toxicity from being used as a replacement for formaldehyde. (Bill link)
MNState Agency Authority to Phase OutHF 605/SF 466. See HF 605 / SF 466 summary in Chemical Reporting category. (Bill link)
MOToxic Flame RetardantsHB 550. Bans toxic flame retardants PBDEs in certain consumer products. (Bill link)
MSCadmiumHB 1527. Bans cadmium and phthalates in children's products. (Bill link)
MSPhthalatesHB 1527. See HB 1527 summary in Cadmium category. (Bill link)
NCBisphenol AHB 848. Bans toxic flame retadant TDCPP, BPA, and phthalates in children's products. Requires state to identify chemicals that are a concern for children's health. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals in products and requires alternatives assessment. (Bill link)
NCChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 848. See HB 848 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NCPhthalatesHB 848. See HB 848 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NCToxic Flame RetardantsHB 848. See HB 848 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NJBisphenol AA 1145/S 982. Bans BPA in food and beverage containers and packaging. (Bill link)
NJBisphenol AA 3779. Bans BPA in children's food containers. Prohibits use of certain toxic chemicals as a replacement chemical. (Bill link)
NJBisphenol AACR 91/SCR 47. Urges Congress to ban phthalates and BPA in children's products. (Bill link)
NJGreen CleaningA 2773. Requires state to adopt green cleaning policies for schools and child care centers. (Bill link)
NJPhthalatesACR 91/SCR 47. See ACR 91/SCR 47 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NJPhthalatesS1015. Bans phthalates in jewelry. (Bill link)
NJToxic Chemicals GeneralSR 17. Urges Congress to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act. (Bill link)
NJToxic Flame RetardantsA 760/S 1554. Bans toxic flame retardant DecaBDE in any product. (Bill link)
NVBisphenol AAB 354. Bans BPA from reusable food and drink containers, and formula and baby food containers. Bans the sale of children's products and residential furniture containing Tris (TDCPP, TCEP, TCPP). Publishes a list of chemicals of high concern. (Bill link)
NVChemical PrioritizationAB 354. See AB 354 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NVToxic Flame RetardantsAB 354. See AB 354 summary in Bisphenol A category. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 1654/SB 3513. Bans BPA in cash register and other retail receipts. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 5883. Bans BPA and phthalates in hot beverage lids. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol AAB 5978. Bans BPA in food and beverages in containers containing bisphenol A.

Requires manufacturers to use least toxic replacement chemicals. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol ASB 3533. Bans BPA in toys and children's food and beverage containers.

Requires use of least toxic replacement chemicals. (Bill link)
NYBisphenol ASB 3608. Bans BPA in cash register and other retail receipts. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumAB 3099/SB 405. Bans lead and cadmium in brake pads. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumAB 4822. Bans cadmium in novelty items, including jewelry, toys and ornaments. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumAB 5615. Directs commissioner of health to establish standards for cadmium in children's jewelry. (Bill link)
NYCadmiumSB 854. Bans cadmium in children's jewelry. (Bill link)
NYChemical Prioritization & DisclosureSB 1223. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals of concern in products. Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern in children's products. (Bill link)
NYFormaldehydeAB 710. See AB 710 summary in Phthalates category. (Bill link)
NYGreen PurchasingSB 875. Instructs state to make purchases that minimize adverse impacts on public health and the environment. (Bill link)
NYLeadAB 3099/SB 405. See AB 3099/SB 405 summary in Cadmium category. (Bill link)
NYPhthalatesAB 5295. Bans phthalates in certain toys and child care products. (Bill link)
NYPhthalatesAB 5883. See AB 5883 summary in Bisphenol A category (Bill link)
NYPhthalatesAB 710. Bans dibutylphthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene in nail polish and nail hardener. (Bill link)
NYSafe CosmeticsAB 4765. Requires cosmetics makers to report to state all of their products that contain cancer-causing or other toxic chemicals. Authorizes state to determine whether any adverse health effects could result from exposure to the cosmetic. (Bill link)
NYTolueneAB 710. See AB 710 summary in Phthalates category. (Bill link)
NYToxic Chemicals GeneralAB 281. Requires state to apply precautionary principle to public health and environment matters. (Bill link)
NYToxic Chemicals GeneralAB 4765. See AB 4765 summary in Safe Cosmetics category. (Bill link)
NYToxic Flame RetardantsAB 4741/SB 3703. Bans toxic flame retardant TDCPP in children's products for kids three years of age and younger. (Bill link)
NYToxic Flame RetardantsSB 2201. Bans the toxic flame retardant decaBDE in certain products. (Bill link)
ORChemical Prioritization & DisclosureHB 3162. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals of concern in products.

Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern in children's products. (Bill link)
ORLabelingHB 2928. Requires standards for labeling of hazardous products, including toxic flame retardants PBDEs and toxic toys. (Bill link)
ORState Agency Authority To Phase OutHB 3162. See HB 3162 summary in Chemical Prioritization & Disclosure category. (Bill link)
ORToxic Chemicals GeneralSB 438. Requires manufacturers of hazardous substance replacements to submit alternatives assessment to the Oregon Health Authority before putting products on the market. (Bill link)
ORToxic Flame RetardantsSB 718. Prohibits the manufacture, distribution or sale of residential furniture with toxic flame retardants (organohalogen or organophosphorus). (Bill link)
PABisphenol AHB 377/SB 490. Bans BPA in children's products. (Bill link)
PABisphenol AHB 951. Bans BPA in food and beverage containers. Requires manufacturers to use least toxic replacement chemicals. (Bill link)
SDBisphenol AHB 1241. Requires labeling of food and drinks sold in packages containing BPA. (Bill link)
TNBisphenol AHB 242/SB 698. Bans BPA in certain food and drink containers.

Requires labeling of certain food and drinks sold in packages containing BPA. (Bill link)
TXBisphenol AHB 218. Bans BPA in certain children's products. (Bill link)
VTChemical Prioritization & DisclosureS 117. Requires makers of children's products to disclose presence of chemicals of concern in products.

Authorizes state to phase out certain chemicals of concern in children's products. (Bill link)
VTSafe CosmeticsH 308. Requires cosmetics makers to report to state all of their products that contain cancer-causing or other toxic chemicals. Authorizes Board of Health to determine whether any adverse health effects could result from exposure to the cosmetic. (Bill link)
VTState Agency Authority To Phase OutS 117. See S 117 summary in Chemical Prioritization & Disclosure category. (Bill link)
VTToxic Chemicals GeneralH 308. See HB 308 summary in Safe Cosmetics category. (Bill link)
VTToxic Flame RetardantsS 81/H 241. Bans toxic flame retardants PBDEs in certain consumer products. Bans toxic flame retardants TDCPP, TCEP, and TCPP in children's products and home furniture. (Bill link)
WAToxic Flame RetardantsHB 1294/SB 5181. Bans toxic flame retardants TDCPP and TCEP and any chemical on state's list of high priority chemicals in children's products and home furniture. (Bill link)
WVBisphenol AHB 2305. Bans BPA in infant formula cans, baby food containers, and reusable food and drink containers.

Requires that any replacement chemical not be a carcinogen or reproductive toxin. (Bill link)

Last updated: September 19, 2013

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