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Discharge Petition in Play to Safeguard Children’s Health

Rep. Ben Cannon’s move will force vote on BPA Free Baby bill, 31 signatures needed

Oregon Environmental Council commends Representative Ben Cannon for working to ensure that each and every Oregon legislator has a chance to weigh in on Senate Bill 695, legislation that would protect children’s health by banning the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups and reusable water bottles that contain the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

Salem, OR May 27, 2011

Oregon Environmental Council commends Representative Ben Cannon for working to ensure that each and every Oregon legislator has a chance to weigh in on Senate Bill 695, legislation that would protect children’s health by banning the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups and reusable water bottles that contain the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA).


“We can’t let partisan politics endanger children’s health or stifle innovation,” said Andrea Salinas, legislative director of the Oregon Environmental Council. “This is a popular bill with parents, pediatricians and the Oregon public. Our state senators from both sides of the aisle helped craft and pass SB 695. I'd like to see if our representatives agree with them."


Representative Cannon filed a discharge petition today to bring SB 695 to the House Floor for a vote. The bill stalled in the House committee after passing the Senate handily, but if 31 of the 60 House members sign the discharge petition by Wednesday, June 1, SB 695 can be brought directly to a vote on the floor of the House.


“Why would Oregon stall when we have an affordable, practical way to protect children from a chemical linked to serious irreversible health risks?” said Andrea Durbin, executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council. “Inaction is irresponsible—the health of another generation of Oregonians will be endangered by a preventable environmental exposure if the Oregon House fails to act on the BPA Free Baby bill.”

 

 

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