Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Yesterday, the Senate began debate on S.2663, a bill to overhaul the Consumer Product Safety Commission and increase toy safety. The bill is a response to the numerous toy recalls from last summer.
As the Chicago Tribune reports,
The House bill would tighten lead standards, mandate new toy safety testing and boost the CPSC's annual budget to $100 million by 2011, an increase of more than 50 percent from 2007.
The Senate version would give the agency more money and would go further in other ways. It would require even stricter toy testing, mandating industry standards that are now voluntary. It would extend whistle-blower protections to any company or government employees who expose unsafe products.
It calls for the creation of a new publicly searchable database of product safety information and complaints. It would set stricter lead standards and would give states more power to enforce product safety laws.
A Senate vote on the bill is expected this week. The Senate version will then need to be reconciled with the bill passed by the House last year.