Consumer products containing the anti-bacterial ingredient triclosan could be banned from store shelves.
Triclosan is used in products like hand soaps and toothpastes. Studies have raised concerns that triclosan disrupts the endocrine system.
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Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL-Mpls) successfully offered a floor amendment that would ban retailers from selling cleaning products containing triclosan that are used for sanitizing or hand and body cleansing, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The prohibition wouldn’t apply to products that have approval for consumer use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The triclosan discussion came less than three days after the House defeated a floor amendment, also offered by Loeffler, that proposed a more far-reaching triclosan ban during debate on HF2402, the omnibus health and human services policy bill.
Among the variety products that are addressed in SF2192, wheel weights and balancing products that contain lead and mercury would be prohibited.
An amendment that was successfully offered by Rep. Denny McNamara (R-Hastings) would push back the effective date for the wheel weights and balancing products section in the bill from July 1, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2016. Hortman supported the amendment noting it would “give the industry a little bit more time to turn to an alternate before the statute affects them.”
Rep. Joe Mullery (DFL-Mpls) successfully offered an amendment that would direct the Pollution Control Agency to develop an environmental justice policy that “promotes fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, income, or education level.”
The state’s latest economic forecast projects a budget deficit of $188 million for the current two-year biennium, and a $586 million deficit for the 2020-21 biennium
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s 2018-19 operating budget.
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