Registration Open for CA Toy Day; Draft Agenda Available

March 26, 2013 | Registration is now open for the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Third Annual California Toy Day to be held in Sacramento, California from May 14-15, 2013.

The event will connect toy companies with leading California legislators to examine critical economic and policy issues impacting the toy industry; discuss the vital economic role that the toy industry plays in both the state and the nation; and uncover the effects that policy decisions have on real people and real companies.

A welcome reception and dinner for attendees and state officials will be held on Tuesday, May 14 followed the next day (May 15) by a full schedule of presentations and small discussion groups.

The program is expected to focus on the following key issues:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (speaker TBA);
  • CA Green Chemistry Session (with an invited representative from the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control);
  • CA Economic Development Efforts and Business Assistance Services Session (with an invited representative from CA GoBiz); and
  • Environmental Policy – Legislative Perspective on Extended Producer Responsibility, Proposition 65 and Packaging Laws (presented by invited state legislators)

[View the complete draft agenda]  

Toy Donations / Sponsorships

TIA is soliciting toys and games for gift bags that will be distributed to policy makers during the Legislative Reception at CA Toy Day.

The retail value of each product should be $10 or less, and products should be small in size. Toys must comply with CPSIA requirements — including safety standard ASTM  F963 —  and be either suitable for all ages or appropriately age-graded. 200 pieces of each toy are needed. 

Companies interested in donating toys or sponsoring gift bags may contact TIA’s Jennifer Gibbons. 

A representative of the California Attorney General’s Office has also been invited to address online privacy laws, issues surrounding disclosure and supply chain, and Proposition 65 during a luncheon, with the afternoon dedicated to corporate team meetings with state lawmakers.

The event will conclude with a reception Wednesday evening, fostering further conversation as toy industry professionals continue to meet, engage and inform key policymakers and their staff.  

Both TIA-member and non-member toy manufacturers, importers and distributors who have business interests in California are welcome to attend this free event. Advance registration is required.

TIA staff will schedule and coordinate all events and meals; a block of hotel rooms has been arranged at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento for a negotiated rate of $159 per night. Contact the hotel directly (916.447.2700) and reference “Toy Industry Association” for the group rate, or make a reservation online.

All questions regarding California Toy Day may be directed to Jennifer Gibbons, TIA director of state government affairs (916.594.9432), or Andy Hackman, TIA vice president of government affairs (202.459.0356).

California is frequently at the forefront of legislative and regulatory activity that affects the toy industry.  More than 20% of TIA’s members are located in the state; collectively, California toy companies, retailers, wholesalers and distributors account for an estimated 91,173 jobs, more than $2.45 Billion in business taxes and a total economic impact of $17.8 Billion.