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Upholstered Furniture: Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals (LD 128)

BILL SUMMARY:
As of January 1, 2019, bans the sale and supply of newly upholstered household furniture containing certain toxic flame-retardant chemicals in the state of Maine. The listed chemicals include halogenated, phosphorus-based, nitrogen-based and nanoscale flame retardants, in addition to any other chemical or chemical compound-based retardant. Furniture containing even more than 0.1 percent of these harsh chemicals will be included in the ban. LD 182 only applies to indoor furniture of households and residential spaces, rather than furniture purchased for public use, and does not apply to used furniture.
STATE:
Maine
FINAL LANGUAGE:
STATUTE:
Title 38, Section 1609-A, Chapter 311
AUTHOR:
Representative Walter Kumiega (D)
CO-AUTHORS:
none
SENATE VOTE:
Yes: 26 No: 0
R: 13 R: 0
D: 13 D: 0
ASSEMBLY VOTE:
Yes: 127 No: 5
R: 55 R: 5
D: 66 D: 0
FISCAL IMPACT:
LISTED SUPPORT:
The American Lung Association, Senator Paul Davis, Prevent Harm, American Academy of Pediatrics, Silent Spring Institute, Marine and Environmental Research Institute.
Letters of Support
LISTED OPPOSITION:
Maine Municipal Association, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Albemarle Corporation North American Flame Retardants Alliance
Letters of Opposition
SENATE FLOOR ANALYSIS:
ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS:
 
 
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