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Friday, February 21, 2020
Bill Would Ban 12 Highly Toxic Chemicals
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Thursday the California Assembly reintroduced the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762. If passed, the law would ban 12 toxic ingredients, such as mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day.
 
“More than 40 other nations protect their citizens from harmful cosmetics,” said Susan Little, EWG’s senior advocate for California Government Affairs. “But the U.S. has done little to ensure consumers are not exposed to unsafe ingredients in personal care products. A.B. 2762 would prevent cosmetics manufacturers from adding some of the most toxic chemicals to cosmetics sold in California.”
 
Thursday, February 20, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) is taking action in addressing a major economic inequality occurring on a daily basis by putting an end to the poor subsidizing credit card benefits to the wealthy.  AB 2695 eliminates the ban retailers have with regard to charging a surcharge on credit card transactions.
 
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
SACRAMENTO – A coalition of Democrats introduced a package of legislation to address the findings of a state audit report which found more than a million children did not receive their required blood lead tests and services.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Debra Kahn, Politico
 
The Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee approved a bill today that would give the state far more power to restrict chemicals in cosmetics.
 
CA AB495 (19R), by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), would model the state's rules after the European Union's by specifying a list of toxic chemicals that can't be contained in cosmetics, including formaldehyde, asbestos, mercury and several categories of a chemical known as PFAS. The bill would give the state the authority to impose recalls, injunctions and civil or criminal penalties for violations.
 
The bill passed 5-0 with Assemblymembers Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) and Jay Obernolte (R-Big Bear Lake) not voting.