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Peapods Pushes for CPSIA Rules Reforms

April 29, 2009 by Dawn  
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Just wanted to share a recent article in Ed Play about Dan, his wife Millie and their store, Peapods in MN. The link below talks about what Dan is doing with the CPSIA. The actual magazine does a wonderful highlight about his and Millie’s store in MN with lots of pictures. You need to subscribe to the magazine in order to see the in depth article about the store. Congrats Dan and Millie on this well deserved recognition of your success in your store and all you have done for those of us in the Handmade Toy Alliance!

Click here to view the article.

Crackdown on Toxic Toys (MI)

April 20, 2009 by Dana  
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Another law is being proposed in Michigan that would require manufacturers to report exactly what chemicals they use in their products.

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Further Evidence of the Flaws in the CPSIA – ATV Stay (Press Release)

April 17, 2009 by Dana  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 17, 2009

Contact: Ashley Hutto
(202) 828-7637

CPSC ANNOUNCES ANOTHER LEAD LAW STAY OF ENFORCEMENT, THIS TIME FOR ATVS; ALLIANCE ASKS HOW MANY STAYS IT WILL TAKE FOR CONGRESS TO CHANGE FLAWED LAW

Washington, DC – The Alliance for Children’s Product Safety today called the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s intention to issue yet another stay of enforcement of lead standards for products – this time youth-model ATVs and motorcycles – “further evidence of the flaws in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which Congress must fix quickly to stop the marketplace chaos it is causing.”

Today’s CPSC stay announcement is at least the third time that the agency has acted to delay implementation of a CPSIA provision.  CPSC has previously stayed enforcement of testing and certification requirements, and also promised to exercise enforcement discretion and not prosecute certain products, including children’s products made of certain natural materials, children’s books printed after 1985; and dyed or undyed textiles.

“The action of the CPSC to avoid the most damaging application of the law is commendable but is an admission that the law simply doesn’t work.  Ironically, the CPSC has been encouraged to skirt the law by the authors of the legislation,” said Rick Woldenberg, Chairman of the Alliance for Children’s Product Safety. “It’s time for Congress to act responsibly and admit their error in passing the CPSIA. This ‘landmark’ legislation implemented a safety system lacking common sense, creates confusion, and results in either economic devastation or massive noncompliance. As the 31 speakers made clear at our rally to amend the CPSIA attended by overflow crowds at the U.S. Capitol on April 1, CPSIA is going to destroy thousands of small businesses unless it is fixed by Congress.”

The Alliance for Children’s Product Safety is a coalition of small business owners, manufacturers, crafters and entrepreneurs who are impacted by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.  To view the Alliance’s Capitol Hill rally that took place last week, visit www.AmendTheCPSIA.com.  For more information, please contact Ashley Hutto at (202) 828-7637.

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Barbara Beck’s Letter to WSJ

April 16, 2009 by Dana  
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Barbara Beck wrote a letter to the Editor of the Wall Street Journal. The letter can be found by clicking here.

Issues of safety

April 15, 2009 by Cecilia  
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Issues of safety

Issues of safety

In “Safety dodge” (Editorial, April 4), the Tribune again falls into line with supporting the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act without understanding what is actually in the law. The attacks on Consumer Product Safety Commission Acting Chairman Nancy Nord distract from the real issue—the law itself.

In every one of the 23 votes on CPSIA-related implementation matters, the vote was 2-0. The other CPSC commissioner, Thomas Moore, a Democrat, voted with Nord on every decision.

I am at a loss to understand how a third vote will change these outcomes.

In addition, when Nord announced her own stay of enforcement on all-terrain vehicles, she was immediately upbraided by Moore for announcing this action unilaterally.

If this is the exercise of CPSC authority envisioned by congressional leaders, we should all run for the hills.

Fundamentally the confusion and economic damage wrought by this law is not the CPSC’s fault; the blame rests with Congress for passing a misconceived law that turns safety administration from risk assessment to precautionary, arbitrary standards that are oblivious to real issues of safety. If we must hire scientists to determine whether youth-model ATVs, bicycles, pens or library books present a lead hazard for kids, something has gone very wrong with American common sense. It’s time for our leaders to act responsibly—and admit their error in passing this terrible law.

—Richard Woldenberg, chairman, Learning Resources Inc., Vernon Hills

Article: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/print/chi-0415vplettersbriefs2apr15,0,4636131.story

Children’s Museum Fundraiser to take a hit

April 15, 2009 by Cecilia  
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Children’s Museum Fundraiser to take a hit

April 14, 2009 10:49 PM EDT

MADISON (WKOW) — Every summer for the past 21 years thousands of collectors, parents, and children come to Middleton from all over the country to buy American Girl dolls and accessories at discount prices.

For event goers it’s a bargain. For The Madison Children’s Museum, it’s a financial lifeline

“It’s about a 1/3 of our budget and the great thing about it is that it offers unrestricted support,” says the Museum’s Director of Development Jenni Collins.

The event raises about a million dollars annually and half goes directly to the museum. The other half to children’s charities.

But new federal consumer product safety guidelines aimed at keeping kids safe mean this fundraiser will likely take a big financial hit this year.

“The federal law was set up to remove lead from children’s toys and that extends to the sale of toys and the sale of used toys and clothing,” says Wisconsin Consumer Protection Director Jim Rabbitt.

“American girl is being very conservative about what products they put in our hands, and what products we repair and resell,” Collins says.

Which means this year; no furniture, accessories or clothing for girls. Just dolls and books.

Since there is not as much to sell this year, the traditionally weekend long event will only last one day.

“we anticipate the people, knowing it’s a one day sale, may not to travel as far, but we are hoping that local shoppers, folks here in the Madison region can take advantage of the sale,” Collins says.

Event organizers already expect revenue to take a hit with the changes this year, but are still optimistic.

That’s because they still have their main attraction.

“It’s important to remember that it’s the reason why collectors, children and their parents come out to this event because they love those dolls,” Collins says.

The dolls make up for more than half of the cash sales at the event.

The one day sale will have extended hours, running from 7am-5pm.

The museum also has other events planned to help lessen the financial blow.

They will be holding a fundraising party the day before the sale and plan to have vendors selling doll accessories and other crafts outside of the warehouse.

The museum will also no longer sell tickets through Tickets.com.

They will be selling the tickets themselves.

For up to date information about the Annual Benefit Sale of American Girl Returns and Seconds, log onto the museum’s website at www.madisonchilrensmuseum.org

Article: http://www.wkowtv.com/global/story.asp?s=10184937&ClientType=Printable

 

Rally Clip: Dr. Steve Kanor, Toys for Special Children, Inc.

April 10, 2009 by Dana  
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Rally Clip: Rep George Radanovich (CA)

April 10, 2009 by Dana  
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Rally Clip: Melanie Tommey, Mel’s Country Crafts

April 10, 2009 by Dana  
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Rally Clip: Scott Krueger, Westwood Design

April 10, 2009 by Dana  
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