TIA Advocates for National Toy Standards in Over 30 States
TIA has expanded its legislative advocacy efforts to over 30 states
which have introduced almost 200 individual bills affecting the toy
industry. Although not all of these states continue to actively pursue
these bills, many still do, despite the fact that the federal government
has enacted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which
preemptively regulates many of the state issues.
With the grassroots support of its members, TIA has seen a few states
begin to outright reject the unscientific, non-risk based claims of
those supporting various legislative proposals. TIA staff has also been
able to work with other legislatures to amend legislation so it accounts
for the realities of the industry and sets standards that are achievable
and are risk based using sound science. Unfortunately, still other
states have continued down the path of regulating at any cost without a
true understanding of the needs or consequences.
Many state legislatures have ended their 2008 sessions, but some
continue in session and others expect to reintroduce measures in 2009.
TIA remains engaged in these states and will continue to testify before
committees, meet with legislators and conduct grassroots efforts. TIA
and its members are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure
the industry continues to be regulated by uniform national standards
based on risk, using sound science.
To stay informed or to get involved in TIA’s legislative
effort, click here.