ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS AND PROTECTION
ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
In recent years, several new child product safety laws have been enacted, including the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and the state Children's Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008. While these new laws significantly raised child product safety standards and improved the nation's product recall system, there have been recent reports of hazardous products, such as children's clothing with unsafe drawstrings, remaining on store shelves.
This hearing will examine the effectiveness of the Children's Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008 and how the State can further protect children from hazardous products. A number of bills have been introduced in the Committees on Consumer Affairs and Protection and Children and Families seeking to regulate the sale of certain products that may pose a hazard to children (A.64, A.5711, and A.8402), as well as legislation that would require child day care programs and certain residential foster care programs to discontinue the use of hazardous products in such facilities has also been introduced (A.6363 and A.7627).
Please see the reverse side for a list of questions in response to which witnesses may direct their testimony, and for a description of the bills which will be discussed at the hearing.
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Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection
Committee on Children and Families
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What improvements, if any, could be made to the Children's Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008 to strengthen the Act?
Has the ability of the Division of Consumer Protection to administer and enforce the Children's Product Safety and Recall Effectiveness Act of 2008 been affected by the merger of the Division (formerly the Consumer Protection Board) into the Department of State pursuant to the enacted SFY 2011-12 Budget?
To what extent are recalled products being sold at second-hand or thrift stores? What actions should the State take to ensure that recalled products are not sold at such stores?
Should New York State prohibit the sale and distribution of novelty lighters, as proposed in Assembly bill 8402? How has the marketplace changed in the European Union and states, such as Maine, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, that have enacted legislation banning these products?
Should New York State require manufacturers of certain household consumer products to attach a warning to the products alerting consumers to the danger of tipping and the existence of stabilization products to prevent tipping, as proposed in Assembly bill 64?
What improvements, if any, should be made to section 396-k of the General Business Law, which prohibits the sale of hazardous toys? Should the law be amended to include toys that are coated with paints containing levels of lead that exceed federal standards, as proposed in Assembly bill 5711?
What actions have other states taken in recent years to protect children from hazardous products?