Contact: Dan Doyle
March 26, 2012
A bill that would require a year-long study of chemicals that are of concern to children be undertaken by four executive branch agencies—with recommendations forwarded to the state legislature—has passed its first hurdle, state Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain) announced today.
Sen. Gerratana, who is Senate Chair of the Public Health Committee, said Senate Bill 274, “An Act Concerning Chemicals of Concern to Children,” passed the Public Health Committee today on a bipartisan 20-6 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate for debate.
“We had more than three dozen people submit written testimony on an earlier version of this bill at its public hearing; health advocates strongly supported the bill, and chemical and other industry lobbyists strongly opposed it,” Sen. Gerratana said. “There is no doubt that the tens of thousands of chemicals in our environmental are affecting human health, and children in particular. But how we go about collecting the data on those chemicals, and how we manage them, is a vast and important undertaking. I think this bill is an important first step in doing that.”
Specifically, the bill requires the state departments of Public Health, Energy and Environmental Protection, Consumer Protection and the Chemical Innovations Institute at the University of Connecticut Health Center prepare and submit a report to three committees of the General Assembly on or by January 15, 2013 that:
Chair: Public Health
Vice Chair: Children
Member: Appropriations; Judiciary
Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106-1591
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