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Rep. Fortenberry reintroduces bill to amend Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

A year ago this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released their Report to Congress regarding difficulties encountered with enforcing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).

The report reaffirms the Commission’s belief that Congress did not intend to impose the strict lead ban – as imposed by section 101(a) of CPSIA – for ordinary books. However, the report states that the CPSC does not have the flexibility needed to grant an exclusion for ordinary books.  “In order to address this issue, Congress may, with some limitations, choose to consider granting an exclusion for ordinary children’s books and other children’s paper-based printed materials,” the report states.

On January 12, U.S. Rep. Fortenberry (NE-1) once again recognized the need for ordinary books to be exempt from the law by reintroducing a bill to do so.   The bill, H.R. 272, would amend CPSIA to exempt ordinary books and paper-based printed material from the lead limit in CPSIA. The bill has been referred to the House committee on Energy and Commerce.

Please visit the Legislative Action Center to see how you can show your support for this issue and encourage your representatives to support and/or co-sponsor  H.R. 272.

For additional questions, contact Jessica McGilvray, assistant director for the ALA Office of Government Relations, at or 1-800-941-8478.

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