Roll Call! Senate Overrides Veto of Chemical Bill (22-8), 2018

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PASSED
in the State Senate on April 19, 2018 by a vote of

22-8 
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Purpose: T0 give the commissioner of health more authority to regulate toxic chemicals in children’s products.
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Analysis: Those who voted YES believe that S.103 would require manufacturers to be more careful about what they put into children’s products. It would help Vermont children avoid exposure to toxic chemicals in children’s products, thus improving children’s health outcomes.
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Those who voted NO supported Gov. Scott’s position that S.103 is “redundant and constitutionally suspect,” and, “will jeopardize jobs and make Vermont less competitive for businesses.”  S.103 would make chemical regulation much more arbitrary, potentially more political, and much less scientific and legitimate as it would allow a single state official to make the decision about banning certain children’s products and would allow the decision to be made after a single peer-reviewed study, rather than the current standard of considering multiple studies.
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Current Vermont law requires that, before denoting a chemical as unsuited for contact with children, the Commissioner of Health shall consider recommendations from a Working Group of environmental and manufacturing stakeholders to determine if the degree to which children are exposed to this chemical on a daily basis exceeds the chemical levels that raise health concerns. S.103 would remove the “health risks” criterion, and rely solely on the exposure criterion, effectively removing the need for established scientific evidence to ban the use of chemicals that have been diluted safely.
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Vermont’s current standards governing children’s exposure to chemicals are only 4 years old, passed in 2014 after extensive debate. The first chemical reporting deadline under these new regulations was last year. Vermont has only begun to work through administrative concerns ahead of further rule making in 2018.
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Senate Journal, Thursday, April 19, 2018. “Shall the bill pass, notwithstanding the refusal of the Governor to approve it?, was decided in the affirmative on a roll call required by the Vermont Constitution, Yeas 22, Nays 8.” (Read the Journal, p. 732)
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How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – NO
Francis Brooks (D-Washington) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
David Soucy (R-Rutland) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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