Rep. Kevin Van De Wege said this bill would get harmful flame retardants out of the environment and ensures their replacements are also not harmful. He is a firefighter and said he’s also concern about the potential harm to firefighters when the chemical is burned and inhaled.
The proposed law passed Wednesday by 72-25 and now goes to the Senate.
House Bill 1294 is similar to one that advanced out of the House during the 2013 legislative session. The Senate last year approved a scaled-down version of that bill that did not include banning the two retardants from sofas and other household products.
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