Legislature Approves Biomonitoring, Cosmetic Manufacturing Bills
The Legislature on Thursday approved a bill (SB 600) by Sens. Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento) and Don Perata (D-Oakland) that would establish the nation's first statewide biomonitoring program to test state residents for potentially toxic chemicals, the Oakland Tribune reports (Fischer, Oakland Tribune, 9/9).
The program would test for such chemicals in breastmilk, urine and blood samples of volunteers and would establish a 16-member advisory panel to make recommendations based on the program's findings (California Healthline, 6/21).
According to the Tribune, the bill "faces an uncertain future" as it goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) for consideration. Schwarzenegger has vetoed 15 of 16 Democrat-authored bills so far this legislative session.
Separately, the Legislature on Thursday also approved a bill (SB 484) that would require cosmetic manufacturers to inform the state about ingredients that could cause cancer or result in reproductive harm. The bill now goes to Schwarzenegger for consideration (Oakland Tribune, 9/9).