SB 695 and HB 3689 – This bipartisan legislation would ban the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, infant formula containers, and water bottles, while requiring labeling of canned foods that are lined with BPA. BPA is a synthetic estrogen that is used to make plastic bottles and food can linings, and BPA in containers can leach into foods and liquids. Growing children are especially vulnerable to its effects. Even small amounts of BPA can be harmful and numerous scientific studies have linked the chemical – banned in Canada, the European Union and nine states – to health issues such as abnormal brain development, early onset of puberty, and low sperm counts in men.
Update: SB 695 passed the Senate on April 7 with strong bipartisan support but languished in the House under strong opposition from Republican leadership and the chemical industry. In late May, Representative Ben Cannon took the unusual step of submitting a ‘discharge petition’ to force the bill to the House floor vote. The effort, which required 31 signatures, fell just short. In response, Reps. Cannon and Clem introduced HB 3689, which has 31 co-sponsors. It now awaits action in the House Rules Committee, where it has been sitting since June 9, with time running out by the day. Please contact your State Representative TODAY and urge them to pass HB 3689!