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Rep. Dickerson spearheads ’safe baby bottle bill’

By Heidi · January 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

36th District Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (D) is the primary sponsor of a bill which calls to ban the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from bottles, cups and other containers that young children drink from. It also calls for a ban of BPA from sports bottles, which pregnant women use. (Bill text here. pdf)

The state house vote was nearly-unanimous yesterday to ban the chemical, moving the bill on to the State Senate. “I’m proud we united 95 to 1 to protect babies and young children from BPA-laced food containers,” said Dickerson (D-Seattle). “The strong support for this bill reflects the overwhelming evidence that kids need to be protected against this very toxic substance.” Representative Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) was the lone nay in the House. Two representatives were excused from the vote.

After the first reading in the State Senate today, the bill has been referred to Health & Long-Term Care. If this bill passes, Washington state will be the third state to ban BPA, following Minnesota and Connecticut.

  • Laura_Shoe

    This bill does not go far enough — why would it not be ok to manufacture and sell a plastic food container that holds food for babies, while it IS ok to manufacture and sell a metal can holding food for babies?? And why are sports bottles with BPA's prohibited, while metal cans with PBA's and storing food that children and adults eat allowed???




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