Senate bans sale of lead contaminated toys
The state Senate today unanimously passed legislation that will ban the sale or transfer of toys and child care articles containing lead, said Sen. Randy Richardville, co-sponsor of the measure.
"During the upcoming holiday season, the number of toys purchased will increase dramatically," said Richardville, R-Monroe. "It is imperative that we prevent unsafe toys from reaching our homes. We must help protect our children and relieve parent's anxiety over toys that are contaminated with lead."
Senate Bill 174 prohibits a person from using or applying a toxic substance in or on any toy or child care article and prohibits a person from selling, offering for sale, or transferring such an item in Michigan. The prohibitions would not apply to a collectible toy not marketed to or intended to be used by a minor.
Richardville has previously worked on lead safety legislation. While serving in the state House, he sponsored Public Act 432 of 2004 as part of a lead protection package that created a statewide Lead Safe Housing Registry.
"Protecting state residents from lead exposure is a critical issue, which is why I sponsored and supported preventive legislation then and now," Richardville said. "It is important for state residents to be aware of lead-based paint contamination whether it is in their children's toys or the homes they live in."
SB 174 has been sent to the state House of Representatives for consideration.
Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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