Lawmakers Agree on Consumer Product Safety Act

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) _ House and Senate lawmakers have reached
agreement on toy safety legislation.

The measure would ensure that toys are not contaminated with lead or with chemicals in plastics called phthalates that can cause health problems. It would also require mandatory testing of children's products
and increase funding for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The legislation was a response to a spate of incidents involving unsafe products from China and elsewhere and concerns that the commission lacked the staff and money to keep hazardous products off store shelves.

The bill also requires the CPSC to adopt safety standards on all-terrain vehicles.

The compromise bill could come up for a House vote this week. Senate agreement would send it to President Bush for his expected
signature.


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