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Legislation impacting the jewelry and accessories industries. State and federal bills that address issues like toxics and cadmium in children’s jewelry. Primary states: Connecticut, Washington, New York, and Massachusetts. Page is updated regularly.

State/Bill # Details Actions Status Link
CT HB 6743 Would require jewelry for children 12 and under to meet a 300ppm total content standard for cadmium in substrates and 75ppm total in surface coatings, require companies that sell children’s jewelry to register with the state and pay a fee; and require a compliance form. Proposed amendment would set the surface coating limit to 75ppm soluble and allow manufacturers of products not meeting the 300ppm total cadmium level to appeal the recall if solubility testing shows compliance with ASTM F2923-14. Introduced by: General Law Committee
Last Action:
5/27/15 – Delivered to Senate, favorable report, Calendar No. 601 (passed House 5/26/14 as amended).
Passed House 5/26/14, on Senate Calendar No. 601. All Bill Data
CT HB 6741 Would require jewelry for children 12 and under to meet a 100ppm total content standard for cadmium in substrates and 75ppm total in surface coatings; require companies that sell children’s jewelry to register with the state and pay a fee; and require a compliance form. Bill does not conform to the consensus the Children’s Jewelry Task Force reached. Introduced by: Committee on Children
Last Action:
3/12/15 – House Calendar Number 64
Joint favorable from Committee on Children, reported out of Legislative Commissioner’s Office, House Calendar Number 64, File Number 55 in LCO All Bill Data
MA H. 253 Would make the ASTM F2923-14 Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry law in the state. Introduced by: Poirier
Last Action:
1/20/15 – Ref. joint Comm. on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
In Joint Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee All Bill Data
MA S. 990 Would limit cadmium in children’s jewelry to 75ppm soluble. FJATA opposes because ASTM F2923 provides better protection for children and there is demonstrated industry compliance. Introduced by: Candaras
Last Action:
1/6/15 – No further action.
In Senate Ethics & Rules Committee All Bill Data
MN SF 1099 Would create a chemical reporting requirement similar to that in Washington State (CSPA) for producers of children’s products containing priority chemicals that are intentionally-added or present at above a de minimis level of 100ppm, as well as create a requirement that the manufacturer evaluate the accuracy of the testing data used to generate the reported content. Authors: Rest; Eaton; Pappas; Marty; Champion
Last Action:
3/19/15 – Passed from Environment & Energy, Health, HS & Housing, Judiciary, Commerce Comms.; now in Finance Committee as amended.
In Finance Committee All Bill Data
MN HF 1276 Companion to SF 1099. Authors: Winkler; Hansen; Wagenius; Persell; Schoen; Freiberg; Bly; Erhardt; Slocum
Last Action:
3/10/15 – Author added.
In Environment and Natural Resources Policy & Finance Committees All Bill Data
MN SF 1656 Would require a warning label with specified text to accompany all products for children under 12 that contain a priority chemical as defined in MN 2014 116.9403 Authors: Sieben; Eaton; Marty; Hoffman; Rest
Last Action:
3/12/15 – Ref. Comm. Env. & Energy
In Environment and Energy Committee All Bill Data
MN SF 1553 Companion to SF 1656. Authors: Schoen; Lien; Halverson; Ward; Slocum
Last Action:
3/12/15 – Author added.
In Health and Human Services Reform Committee All Bill Data
MS HB 175 Would invoke the WA CSPA total content limits for cadmium (40ppm), phthalates (1000ppm combined) and lead (90ppm) in products for children under 12, including jewelry. Opposed. Sponsor: Evans
Last Action:
2/12/15 – Died in committee
DEAD All Bill Data
NJ A. 626 Would ban products for children under 6 that contain lead, mercury, or cadmium. FJATA opposes due to the fact that federal regulations on Pb, Hg, & Cd exist already for products intended for children under 6. Sponsors: Moriarty, Johnson, Benson
Last Action:
1/16/14 – ref. Cons Aff
In Consumer Affairs Committee All Bill Data
NJ S. 1444 Would ban the sale of jewelry containing any phthalates. Sponsor: Greenstein
Last Action:
2/27/14 – ref. Commerce
In Commerce Committee All Bill Data
NY A. 281 Would create entities and policies based on the “precautionary principle”, including taking action to protect public health and the environment without requiring scientific proof. FJATA opposes. Sponsor: Sweeney
Last Action:
6/17/14 – held for consideration in Ways & Means
Held for consideration in Ways and Means Committee All Bill Data
NY A. 5612 Would create a list of priority chemicals, including lead, cadmium and antimony among others; companies would be required to report on “intentionally-added” priority chemicals; and would ban the sale of products “containing” priority chemicals listed for four years. Sponsor: Englebright
Last Action:
4/22/15 – Passed Assembly
Delivered to Senate. All Bill Data
NY S. 4102 Companion to A. 5612. Sponsor: Boyle
Last Action:
2/27/15 – Ref. Environmental Conservation
In Environmental Conservation Committee All Bill Data
NY A. 2650 Would ban any magnetic jewelry using a magnet that can fit within a standard small parts cylinder meant to mimic a lip, tongue or nose piercing; and would require a warning on other products utilizing small magnets. Sponsor: Weprin
Last Action:
5/7/15 – Advanced to 3rd reading, calendar no. 301.
Advanced to 3rd reading, calendar no. 301; reported from Codes & Consumer Affairs and Protection Committees All Bill Data
NY S. 5552 Companion to A. 2650. Sponsor: Boyle
Last Action:
5/14/15 – Ref. Consumer Protection Comm.
In Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee All Bill Data
NY A. 6672 Would require jewelry sold in the state to release no more than 0.7 ppm lead and 0.5 ppm cadmium, until the Commissioner of Health determines a standard of their choosing. Sponsor: Englebright
Last Action:
3/30/15 – Ref. Health Comm.
In Health Committee All Bill Data
NY S. 1236 Would substantially duplicate CA Metal-Containing Jewelry Law, creating lead content standards for adult as well as children’s jewelry. Would introduce a requirement to label jewelry with its lead content and a warning label against children using it if the number is more than 200ppm. FJATA supports the passage of a bill emulating ASTM F2923, the Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard, which addresses far more than merely lead, as a comprehensive, peer-reviewed international jewelry safety standard. Sponsor: Parker
Last Action:
1/9/15 – Ref. EnCon
In Environmental Conservation Committee All Bill Data
NY S. 1126 Would ban “novelty consumer products” (incl. jewelry) intended for “personal use or adornment” with over 75ppm cadmium by weight. Effective 1/1/17, the language includes free products and applies to all products, not only children’s. Sponsor: Avella
Last Action:
1/8/15 – Ref. EnCon
In Environmental Conservation Committee All Bill Data
NY S. 1890 Would require compliance with the cadmium protocol for metals and plastics from ASTM F2923, include solubility testing. Sponsor: Parker
Last Action:
1/15/15 – Ref. Health Com.
In Health Committee All Bill Data
NY S. 2408 Would create a list of priority chemicals, including lead, cadmium and antimony among others; companies would be required to report on “intentionally-added” priority chemicals; and effective 1/1/20 would ban the sale of products “containing” priority chemicals listed for one year. Sponsor: Perkins
Last Action:
1/23/15 – Ref. EnCon
In Environmental Conservation Committee. All Bill Data
NY S. 4966 Would make the ASTM F2923 Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard NY law, protecting children against hazards like magnets, heavy metals in surface coatings and substrates, nickel sensitivity and more. FJATA strongly supports. Sponsor: O’Mara
Last Action:
4/27/15 – Ref. Health Committee
In Health Committee All Bill Data
NY A. 6769 Companion to S. 4966. Sponsor: Englebright
Last Action:
4/1/15 – Ref. Consumer Affairs & Protection
In Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee All Bill Data
OR SB 478 B Would establish the then-current list of WA priority chemicals as OR priority chemicals; require reporting on those above de minimis levels of 100ppm or below a PQL level if intentionally-added; allows companies to use exposure derived from solubility data to establish chemical safety. Applies primarily to companies that gross over $5 million. Chief Sponsor: Edwards
Last Action:
7/27/15 – Signed by Governor
Passed from Environment and Natural Resources Committee; passed from Joint Committee on Ways and Means; public hearings and work session held; amended to SB 478-B 6/29; passed Senate 7/1; currently on House Desk for third reading. Signed by Governor 7/27, effective immediately. All Bill Data
VT S. 239 Green chemistry bill that would establish list of priority chemicals with reporting and alternatives assessment requirements for children’s product companies; designates a provisional 100ppm de minimis level for contaminant CHCCs. Establishes an initial list of 66 chemicals, including cadmium, antimony, and some phthalates, among others. FJATA does not support further green chemistry legislation as other statutes have already created de facto national policy. Sponsors: Lyons, Mullin, Ashe, Pollina
Last Action:
6/10/14 – Signed by Governor
Signed by Governor All Bill Data
WA SB 5021 Would amend the state’s cadmium content regulation to comply with ASTM F2923-14, the Children’s Jewelry Safety Standard, a peer-reviewed, consensus document. (Primary) Sponsors: Ericksen, Hobbs
Last Action:
6/28/15 – Senate Rules “X” File
In Senate Rules “X” File. All Bill Data
WA HB 1049 Companion to SB 5021. (Primary) Sponsors: Fitzgibbon, Short, Gregerson, Jinkins
Last Action:
6/28/15 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status; public hearing held (1/15/15)
In House Committee on Environment All Bill Data
WA HB 1472 Would authorize creating a list of 150 Priority Washington Chemicals (PWCs) from which 20 will be selected for potential Chemical Action Plans (CAPs). CAPs may be required of manufacturers with more than 50 employees and include alternatives assessments. Products for which safer alternatives are identified may be required to use these alternatives or undergo a sales prohibition. (Primary) Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Requested by: Gov. Inslee
Last Action:
7/9/15 – Returned to House Rules 3.
In Senate: Public Hearing (3/25); passed from Energy, Environment and Telecommunications (with amendments) & Ways and Means Committees; currently in House Rules 3. All Bill Data
WA SB 5406 Companion to HB 1472. (Primary) Sponsor: Billig
Requested by: Gov. Inslee
Last Action:
6/28/15 – By resolution, reintroduced and retained in its present status.
First Reading in Energy Environment & Telecommunications Committee All Bill Data
US S. 697 Bipartisan TSCA reform bill, dubbed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, would support conserving resources when available and using the strongest scientific approaches to chemical management reasonably available. Sponsor: Udall
Last Action:
4/28/15 – Reported from the Committee on Environment and Public Works
Reported from the Environment and Public Works Committee All Bill Data
US S. 1519 The Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipments (PORTS) Act would expand the Taft Hartley process to include state governors, along with the President, as those authorized to convene a board of inquiry to determine whether to request an injunction in federal court to bring labor disputes parties to the bargaining table and allow the process to be invoked even if the requisite economic hardship condition is caused by a slowdown, rather than only due to a lockout or strike as at present. Sponsor: Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Last Action:
6/4/15 – Introduced
Introduced in the U.S. Senate All Bill Data

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