West Coast Vend LLC Posted July 1, 2009 Share Posted July 1, 2009 Bulk Vending Industry Takes CPSIA Fight To Capitol Hill Renee WASHINGTON -- Bulk vending leaders traveled to Capitol Hill on June 26 to meet with members of Congress, legislative directors and committee staffers to press for relief from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act's onerous Section 103. They reported that those involved in the legislative process seem willing to consider a technical corrections bill, which would outline exclusions to tracking and labeling provisions required by the law. Section 103 requires tracking labels on all toys, which might include small novelties in vendible capsules, and will commence Aug. 14, one year after President Bush signed the act into law. With current legislation offering relief to bulk vending already brewing in Congress, the National Bulk Vendors Association said its strategy during last week's meetings consisted of a three-tiered approach. Firstly, it is seeking a one-year stay of enforcement of Section 103. Secondly, it is simultaneously seeking permanent relief in the form of legislation, and, finally, official guidance from the Consumer Products Safety Commission regarding practicability as it relates to the labeling requirements. Working with the association's counsel, Quin Dodd of the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo LLP, NBVA provided policymakers an overview of the industry, and outlined the likely dire effects Section 103 would have on it. The association argued that the law is neither technologically nor economically practicable. PHOTO: From left, NBVA's Carl Morcate and Kevin Dumphy and association counselor Matt Cohen discuss labeling issue with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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