Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is calling on residents across the Commonwealth to lend their support to legislation that would enforce the disclosure of potentially toxic chemicals within children’s toys in Massachusetts. The original bill, S.207, that MBCC and its supporters provided testimony for was amended by the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; this bill is the redrafted version and it has been referred to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
S.2676 – An act relative to toxic-free kids
MBCC continues to encourage supporters to contact committee chairs, Senator Rodrigues (Michael.Rodrigues@masenate.gov) and Senator Friedman (Cindy.Friedman@masenate.gov) to express support for this S.2676 and to request that the bill be reported favorably from the Committee.
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition would also recommend that MA residents lend their support to H.2348 and S.1494; legislation that would ban PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) and other potentially toxic chemicals from food packaging in Massachusetts.
Currently, H.2348 and S.1494 are two pieces of pending legislation that were recently extended past their reporting deadline as to allow for a more thorough review by the Joint Committee on Public Health. Moreover, the Committee seems to be waiting for guidance from the Senate PFAS Task Force; this extension would hopefully allow for the possibility of borrowed language from the food packaging bills or the combination of PFAS-related bills into a single bill.
H.2348 – An Act to ban the use of PFAS in food packaging
S.1494 – An Act relative to chemicals in food packaging
MBCC continues to call on the Committee to move favorably on these two bills by their reporting date on December 31, 2022.
MBCC continues to encourage supporters to contact committee chairs, Senator Comerford (Jo.Comerford@masenate.gov) and Representative Decker (Marjorie.Decker@mahouse.gov) to express support for the two bills and to request that the bills be reported favorably from the Committee.