NEW YORK A.B. 8886 – Chemical Bans/Restrictions

Sponsor: Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh (D)

Summary:Current version (6/16/2014) A.B. 8886-B: Prohibits, on and after April1, 2016, a retailer from selling or offering for sale a children’s product that intentionally contains formaldehyde, including formaldehyde contained in a solution or ingredients that chemically degrade under normal conditions of temperature and pressure to release formaldehyde at levels exceeding 0.005%.

Defines “children’s product” as a product primarily designed, intended or marketed by a manufacturer to be physically applied to or introduced into a child’s body, or used by a child, such as baby products, toys, car seats, personal care products, a product designed or intended by the manufacturer to help a child with sucking or teething, to facilitate sleep, relaxation or feeding of a child and novelty products, bedding, furniture, furnishings and children’s apparel.

States that “children’s product” does not include (i) batteries; (ii) consumer electronic products including but not limited to personal computers, audio and video equipment, calculators, wireless phones, game consoles and handheld devices incorporating a video screen used to access interactive software and their associated peripherals; (iii) a food or beverage or an additive to a food or beverage regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration; (iv) a pesticide regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; or (v) a drug, biologic or medical device regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Defines “intentionally added chemical” as a chemical deliberately used in the formulation of a product or subpart of a product.

Defines a “child” as any person age 12 and under.

Click Here forAssembly floor version (A.B. 8886-B)

Click Here for Assembly Environmental conservation version (A.B. 8666-A)

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Status: Introduced; referred to Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee 2/27/2014. Amended 5/22/2014. Meeting held; passed; referred to Assembly Codes Committee 5/28/2014. Meeting held; passed; referred to Assembly Rules Committee 6/9/2014. Meeting held; ordered direct to Third Reading 6/11/2014. Amended 6/16/2014. Passed Assembly; referred to Senate Rules Committee 6/19/2014.

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