On Monday, August 1, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 2715 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. Bono Mack (R-CA) on August 1, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
H.R. 2715 would provide greater authority and discretion to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in enforcement of product safety laws.
H.R. 2715 would address a number of unintended consequences created by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The bill would do the following;
- Provide relief from an August 14, 2011, deadline by making the 100ppm lead limit prospective;
- Create a more flexible exemption process for products containing lead in excess of statutory limits;
- Grant relief to bikes and ATVs from lead limits and testing;
- Grant relief for printed books and other materials;
- Permit the resale by thrift and charity stores of used children’s products made prior to the 2008 law;
- Create additional but limited flexibility in the statutory testing regime;
- Grant limited relief for small batch manufacturers;
- Limit retroactivity of future crib standards;
- Create an exception for inaccessible parts made of phthalates similar to the exception for inaccessible parts containing lead; and
- Make modest modifications to the database created by the 2008 law.
At press time, no official Congressional Budget Office estimate was available.