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URGENT ACTION NEEDED ON Federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

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The American Library Association has sent out the following alert:

U.S. Rep Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is circulating a discussion draft of bill language that would in effect provide the solution to the problem begun by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) and its interpretation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This bill would amend CPSIA so that the lead limits established under the bill would no longer apply to used children’s products which would include children’s books at libraries.

Though this language infers exclusion for libraries, the ALA would like to add the following sentence to page 7, line 21 to ensure that the matter will be definitively closed: “For purposes of this definition, the term ‘seller’ refers to any person including but not limited to a library, who lends or donates a children’s product.”

Gaining the support of House Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Barton is essential for moving forward with this legislation. Please contact Mr. Barton’s office at (202) 225-2002 and tell him to please support the discussion draft of this legislation. Congressman Waxman will not introduce this bill with Mr. Barton’s support.

Please call Kristin Murphy at 800.941.8478 if you have any questions.

For additional information, see Texline 253.