Bill Passes That Will Create Stricter Standards for Toys
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Another controversial bill was passed tonight, this time dealing with toys. Washington now has the strictest standards for the amounts of lead allowed in toys sold within the state.
This is good news for children in Washington, but bad news for toy stores.
House Bill 1647 will set the maximum amount of lead allowed in toys at 100 parts-per-million, for cadmium 40-parts-per-million, and thalates 1000- parts-per-million. These are all lower than the national average.
Now toy stores are worried toy manufacturers won't do business in Washington. They are also worried consumers will begin shopping online for toys which would be exempt from the bill.
13th District Senator Janea Holmquist says, "This is bad for business. This is a job killer this bill."
Current stats put revenue from sales tax from toys at 36-million-dollars in the state of Washington. Many opponents are worried that will change now the bill has passed.
The bill passed with a 40-9 vote, but it wasn't without opposition. They are sending the bill back to the House with an amendment that will make sports and recreational equipment exempt due to the amounts of metal used to make products like baseball bats and roller-skates.
The House must approve this amendment before it goes to the governor.