Protecting Your Kids from Toxic Toys; House Backs Bill to Regulate Chemicals

By Steph Machado

Published 04/29 2014 07:58PM

Updated 04/29 2014 08:16PM

MONTPELIER - The House voted 114-27 to back a toxic chemicals bill Tuesday. The bill would give the Vermont Department of Health the authority to regulate chemicals in kids toys, and other products marketed for and to kids like car seats and clothing.

The bill varies greatly from the version that passed the Senate, which would allow the Department of Health to regulate toxic chemicals in all products, not just children's products.

Under the bill, the Department of Health would form a website and make a list of chemicals that cannot be used. Manufacturers would report which chemicals they use, and be given notice to stop using those chemicals. Those that don't comply would pay a hefty fine.

Because the Senate and House versions are so different, a compromise will need to be made. The bill goes to a final vote in the House Wednesday.

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