FLORIDA S.B. 1180 – Chemical Bans/Restrictions

Sponsor: Senator Eleanor Sobel (D)

Summary: Declares it is the policy of the state, consistent with its duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, to reduce the exposure of pregnant women, children and other vulnerable populations to chemicals of high concern by publicly identifying such chemicals and encouraging substitutions with safer alternatives whenever possible.

Requires, by January 14, 2015, the Department of Health, in consultation with other state agencies, must generate a list of chemicals of high concern that contains no fewer than 50 chemicals and no more than 100 chemicals. Requires the list to be reviewed and revised every three years and published on the Department of Health website.

Authorizes the Department of Health to participate in an interstate clearinghouse regarding the use of chemicals in consumer products.

Defines, for the purpose of identification, “child” as a person younger than eighteen years old.

Defines, for the purpose of identification, “chemical of high concern” as any chemical identified by the Department of Health to: (1) harm the normal development of a fetus or child or cause other developmental toxicity; (2) cause cancer, genetic damage or reproductive harm; (3) disrupt the endocrine or hormone system; (4) damage the nervous system, immune system, organs or cause other toxicity; (5) be persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic; or (6) be very persistent and very bioaccumulative.

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Status: Prefiled 2/21/2014. Referred to Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee, Senate Health Policy Committee, Senate Appropriations Health and Human Services Subcommittee and Senate Appropriations Committee 2/28/2014. Hearing temporarily postponed 3/18/2014. Hearing held; passed 3/25/2014. Hearing held; passed 4/8/2014. Failed upon adjournment 5/2/2014.

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