Senate Bill #166 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - CHILD PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE

Prohibits the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential upholstered children's products that contain certain amounts of bromide or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.

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  • 2017 – S 0166
  • 2017 – S 0166 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - CHILD PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED
  • FURNITURE
  • Introduced By: Senators Satchell, Coyne, Goldin, Archambault, and Sosnowski
  • Date Introduced: February 01, 2017
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 23-26 of the General Laws entitled "Bedding and Upholstered Furniture" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 23-26-3.1. Sale prohibition.
  • (a) Beginning on July 1, 2018, no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, or distribute for use in this state any residential upholstered bedding or furniture, which contains one hundred parts per million (100 ppm), or greater of any organohalogen flame retardant chemical. This class includes any chemical containing the element bromine or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.
  • (a) Beginning on July 1, 2019, no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, or distribute for use in this state any residential upholstered bedding or furniture, which contains one hundred parts per million (100 ppm), or greater of any organohalogen flame retardant chemical. This class includes any chemical containing the element bromine or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.
  • (b) A manufacturer of products that are banned from sale under this section, must notify persons or entities that sell the manufactured products in this state about the provisions of this section no less than ninety (90) days prior to the effective date of the ban.
  • SECTION 2. Sections 23-26-25 and 23-26-27 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-26 entitled "Bedding and Upholstered Furniture" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 23-26-25. Rules, regulations, and findings – Suspension or revocation of permits.
  • (a) The director is hereby authorized and empowered to make general rules and regulations and specific rulings, demands, and findings for the enforcement of this chapter, in addition hereto and not inconsistent herewith. The director may suspend or revoke any permit or registration for violation of any provision of this chapter, or any rule, regulation, ruling, or demand made pursuant to the authority granted by this chapter.
  • (b) The director of the department of health shall investigate and enforce the provisions of §23-26-3.1, and promulgate rules and regulations deemed necessary to enforce it.
  • 23-26-27. Penalty for violations.
  • Any person who:
  • (1) Makes, remakes, renovates, sterilizes, prepares, sells, or offers for sale, exchange, or lease any article of bedding as defined by § 23-26-1, not properly tagged as required by this chapter; or
  • (2) Uses in the making, remaking, renovating, or preparing of the article of bedding or in preparing cotton or other material therefor which has been used as a mattress, pillow, or bedding in any public or private hospital, or which has been used by or about any person having an infectious or contagious disease, and which after such use has not been sterilized and approved for use, by the director of business regulation; or
  • (3) Counterfeits or imitates any stamp or permit issued under this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both.
  • (4) Any person or entity that violates the provisions of §23-26-3.1 shall be civilly fined not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the first violation, and up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each subsequent violation.
  • SECTION 3. Sections 23-75-3 and 23-75-8 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-75 entitled "Children's Product Safety Act" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 23-75-3. Unsafe children's products – Prohibition.
  • (a) No commercial user may remanufacture, retrofit, sell, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet, or otherwise place in the stream of commerce, on or after January 1, 2004, a children's product that is unsafe.
  • (b) A children's product is deemed to be unsafe for purposes of this chapter if it meets any of the following criteria:
  • (1) It does not conform to all federal laws and regulations setting forth standards for the children's product.
  • (2) It has been recalled for any reason by an agency of the federal government or the product's manufacturer, distributor, or importer and the recall has not been rescinded.
  • (3) An agency of the federal government has issued a warning that a specific product's intended use constitutes a safety hazard and the warning has not been rescinded.
  • (c) A crib is presumed to be unsafe for purposes of this chapter if it does not conform to the standards endorsed or established by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, including, but not limited to, title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations and the American Society for Testing and Materials, as follows:
  • (1) 16 CFR Part 1508 and any regulations adopted to amend or supplement the regulations.
  • (2) 16 CFR Part 1509 and any regulations adopted to amend or supplement the regulations.
  • (3) 16 CFR Part 1303 and any regulations adopted to amend or supplement the regulations.
  • (4) The following standards and specifications of the American Society for Testing Materials for corner posts of baby cribs and structural integrity of baby cribs:
  • (i) ASTM F 966-90 (corner post standard).
  • (ii) ASTM F 1169-88 (structural integrity of full-size baby cribs).
  • (iii) ASTM F 1822-97 (non-full-size cribs).
  • (d) Cribs that are unsafe shall include, but not be limited to, cribs that have any of the following dangerous features or characteristics:
  • (1) Corner posts that extend more than one-sixteenth (1/16) of an inch.
  • (2) Spaces between side slats more than 2.375 inches.
  • (3) Mattress support that can be easily dislodged from any point of the crib. A mattress segment can be easily dislodged if it cannot withstand at least a twenty-five (25) pound upward force from underneath the crib.
  • (4) Cutout designs on the end panels.
  • (5) Rail height dimensions that do not conform to both of the following:
  • (i) The height of the rail and end panel as measured from the top of the rail or panel in its lowest position to the top of the mattress support in its highest position is at least nine (9) inches.
  • (ii) The height of the rail and end panel as measured from the top of the rail or panel in its highest position to the top of the mattress support in its lowest position is at least twenty-six (26) inches.
  • (6) Any screws, bolts, or hardware that are loose and not secured.
  • (7) Sharp edges, points, or rough surfaces, or any wood surfaces that are not smooth and free from splinters, splits, or cracks.
  • (8) Tears in mesh or fabric sides in a non-full-size crib.
  • (9) A non-full-size crib that folds in a "V" shape design does not have top rails that automatically lock into place when the crib is fully set up.
  • (10) The mattress pad in a non-full-size mesh/fabric crib exceeds one inch (1").
  • (e) Beginning on July 1, 2018, no manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, or distribute for use in this state any residential upholstered bedding or furniture, which contains one hundred parts per million (100 ppm), or greater of any organohalogen flame retardant chemical. This class includes any chemical containing the element bromine or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.
  • (f) A manufacturer of products that are banned from sale under this section, must notify persons or entities that sell the manufactured products in this state about the provisions of this section no less than ninety (90) days prior to the effective date of the ban.
  • 23-75-8. Penalty.
  • (a) A commercial user who willfully and knowingly violates § 23-75-6 is guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • (b) Any person or entity that violates the provisions of §23-75-3(a) shall be civilly fined not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the first violation, and up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each subsequent violation.
  • SECTION 4. Chapter 23-75 of the General Laws entitled "Children's Product Safety Act" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 23-75-9. Enforcement.
  • The director of the department of health shall investigate and enforce the provisions of §23-75-3(e), and promulgate rules and regulations deemed necessary to enforce it.
  • SECTION 5. This act shall take effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - CHILD PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED
  • FURNITURE
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  • This act would prohibit the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential upholstered furniture and upholstered bedding and children's products that contain certain amounts of a chemical containing the element bromide or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC000319 ========
  • This act would take effect July 1, 2019. ======== LC000319/SUB A ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Passage

June 28, 2017 at 6:17pm
Yeas: 36 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT

September 19, 2017 at 8:27pm
Yeas: 63 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 12 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore NV
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros NV
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson NV
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz NV
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca NV
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo NV
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady NV
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price NV
Rep. Quattrocchi NV
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell NV
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh NV
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE AS AMENDED

September 19, 2017 at 8:28pm
Yeas: 62 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 13 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore NV
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros NV
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson NV
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale NV
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz NV
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca NV
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo NV
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady NV
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price NV
Rep. Quattrocchi NV
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell NV
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh NV
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y

Floor vote for Passage In Concurrence

September 19, 2017 at 10:08pm
Yeas: 32 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 6 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote NV
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte NV
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Kettle Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo NV
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson NV
Sen. Picard NV
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y