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Retailers Angry with new Toy Regulations

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Governor Christine Gregoire has angered some toy retailers with new safety rules.

The new rules come after a series of recalls nationwide.

A letter from the Toy Industry of Association to the state expresses concern over the limiting new rules.

Retailers KNDU talked with say the new rules indirectly target small stores who, ironically, usually aren't involved in the recalls.  

They say the smaller stores and toy makers won't be able to sell toys in Washington because they don't have the money to do all the new testing required.

One store owner says she and other stores will probably go out of business, forcing consumers to the Internet to shop for toys.

"The toy stores that would have met national and international standards are not available, alternative sources are the only sources of toys, and they may not have any safety standards in place," said Frances Finfrock with Aunt Franny's Toys.

Governor Gregoire did remove some of the more constraining factors from this new law, including rules that prevented any lead from being in toys.

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