A potential ban on cleaning products containing triclosan, an anti-bacterial ingredient, opened the debate on the omnibus health and human services policy bill Monday before the House passed the over 200-page bill 86-46.
Rep. Diane Loeffler (DFL-Mpls) offered the amendment that would have prohibited the sale of products containing triclosan, except for those approved by the Food and Drug Administration, by 2016. Although the amendment did not pass, Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights), successfully offered a similar provision that would allow products that have trace amounts of triclosan due to the manufacturing process to be labeled triclosan-free.
“I think it’s a first good step,” said Rep. Denny McNamara (R-Hastings). “Hopefully we won’t be too far away from not having this product in our personal care.”
“The fact that triclosan is in our bodies is the alarm," said Rep. Jean Wagenius (DFL-Mpls). "It’s an alarm because it’s a known endocrine disruptor and it’s a known endocrine disruptor to the thyroid gland." Wagenius cited research that says insufficient thyroid hormones during pregnancy may have negative consequences on the child.
[Watch a full video archive of Monday's House floor session here]
Other amendments successfully added to the bill include provisions that would require child-resistant packaging for some of the liquid products for e-cigarettes, a ban on e-cigarette use in state-owned buildings and a limit of one payment to navigators for assistance with MNsure applications even if that application is submitted multiple times.
Rep. Laurie Halverson’s (DFL-Eagan) bill on e-cigarette regulations remains in the omnibus bill as does Rep. JoAnn Ward’s (DFL-Woodbury) bill banning tanning bed use for youth under age 18. Additionally, warning signs on the dangers of tanning bed use must be posted in tanning salons. Rep. Jim Abeler (DFL-Anoka) successfully amended the bill to change the wording of the signs to include a list of conditions that should prompt a talk with a doctor before tanning and to tell customers to see a doctor if they tan frequently.
“People should know this, that they look good for a while, but they might not be happy,” Abeler said.
Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) withdrew his amendment on medical marijuana usage after the statute related to his amendment was removed from the bill. Rep. Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) sponsors a medical marijuana study bill, SF2470, which is scheduled to be heard in the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday morning.
Other provisions in the bill, by category, include:
Foster Care and Other Facilities
Health Professionals and Services