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A08564 Summary:

COSPNSRD'Urso, Hyndman, Blake, Simon, De La Rosa, Cruz, Niou, Lavine
Add §804, Pub Health L
Relates to the creation of a research program to determine the risks posed from chemicals in personal care products or feminine hygiene products.
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A08564 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                   September 13, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  FERNANDEZ  --  read once and referred to the
          Committee on Health -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
          reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
        AN  ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to the creation of a
          research program to  determine  the  risks  posed  from  chemicals  in
          personal care products or feminine hygiene products; and providing for
          the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
     2  804 to read as follows:
     3    §  804. Personal care products safety and research. 1. For purposes of
     4  this section, the term:
     5    (a) "Personal care product" shall mean articles intended to be rubbed,
     6  poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise  applied
     7  to  the  human  body  or  any  part  thereof for cleansing, beautifying,
     8  promoting attractiveness,  or  altering  the  appearance,  and  articles
     9  intended  for  use as a component of any such articles; except that such
    10  term shall not include soap.
    11    (b) "Chemical of concern" shall mean a chemical appearing  on  any  of
    12  the lists included in the department of environmental conservation divi-
    13  sion of materials management program policy on household cleansing prod-
    14  uct  information  disclosure published on June sixth, two thousand eigh-
    15  teen pursuant to article thirty-five of this chapter and  6  NYCRR  part
    16  659, or as designated by the commissioner.
    17    (c)  "Restricted  substance"  shall mean a substance determined by the
    18  commissioner, which shall include, but not be limited to, lead,  mercury
    19  and  related compounds, formaldehyde, triclosan, toluene, per- and poly-
    20  fluoroalkyl substances, dibutyl phthalate, di(2)exylhexyl phthalate, and
    21  isobutyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, and propylparaben.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (d) "Feminine hygiene products" shall mean pads, liners, cups,  spong-
     2  es,  douches,  wipes,  sprays,  and similar products used in conjunction
     3  with respect to menstruation or other genital tract secretions.
     4    2.  The  commissioner  shall  provide  for  the  conduct or support of
     5  research by  the  department  to  determine  the  extent  to  which  the
     6  prolonged exposure to any chemical of concern or restricted substance in
     7  personal  care  products or feminine hygiene products poses any risks to
     8  the health of individuals who use the products.  Such  research  project
     9  shall  be  completed  within  two  years  of  the effective date of this
    10  section. Such research shall also examine any long-term  health  effects
    11  of using personal care products or feminine hygiene products that do not
    12  contain a restricted substance or chemical of concern.
    13    3.  Within  one  year  of the completion of such research, any conclu-
    14  sions, recommendations and proposals for implementing  such  recommenda-
    15  tions  shall  be transmitted to the governor, the temporary president of
    16  the senate, the speaker of the assembly, the chair of the senate  health
    17  committee,  and  the  chair  of the assembly health committee, and shall
    18  also be made available to the public.
    19    § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day  after  it  shall
    20  have  become  a  law  and  shall expire and be deemed repealed two years
    21  after such date.
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