Sunday, January 25, 2009

When good intentions go very, very wrong

This is real and it is scary: 6 months ago, Congress passed a law intending to protect children from harmful lead in products, usually from overseas manufacturers. Unfortunately, the way the law was written applies huge financial requirements to anyone selling or distributing anything (new or resale) for children. For example, the skirts I sew or the books at your public library would need to be tested for lead at a cost of up to $4,000 per item.

This law will go into effect February 10, and I am literally watching businesses here in Portland close their doors because of it. I am not nearly as informed about this as many out there, so I am attaching some links for you to find out more. I personally will be calling Henry Waxman’s office tomorrow. I invite you to do the same.

Save Small Business From the CPSIA

Obama’s hold order does NOT affect CPSIA

Immediate Action Needed: Call the Acting Commissioner of CPSC and Express the Concern of Libraries about CPSIA

Congress bans kids from libraries?

Energy & Commerce Members Ask Waxman for Delay on CPSIA

Henry A. Waxman
California-30th, Democrat
2204 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0530
Phone: (202) 225-3976

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