Toxic toy legislation earns rare bipartisan support in Oregon

Janet Adams | Business First

Oregon HB 3162 would target harmful chemicals in toys for kids.

Oregon environmental groups have finally found a campaign with bipartisan support in Salem.

The Toxics Disclosure for Healthy Kids Act would require manufacturers to inform health officials when children’s products sold in Oregon contain chemicals of concern such as lead and arsenic. House Bill 3162 would also track data collected about the use of unhealthy chemicals, and help manufacturers to phase in safer alternatives.

The measure is proving far less contentious in Salem than other environmental bills to boost “clean” fuels and eliminate plastic bags.

HB 3162 has been endorsed by groups ranging from the Oregon Medical Association to Finnegan’s Toys and Gifts in Portland. It is co-sponsored in the house by Republican Jason Conger of Bend and Democrat Alissa Keny-Guyer of Portland. The measure also has bipartisan sponsorship in the Senate from Brian Boquist of McMinnville and Democrat Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward of Beaverton.

A public hearing and possible work session has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 in Salem.


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