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Important Legislation March 2011: Children’s Health and Environment

Important Legislation

Children’s Health and Environment 

Legislation is an important tool for improving environmental health nationwide. Below is a list of important legislation and bills that we are tracking. 

 
Tips For Calling Your Elected Reresentatives
 
BECOME AN ADVOCATE AND TAKING ACTION
 
Calling your representatives on an issue that is important to you is as easy as ordering a pizza and doesn’t take much longer. Some people are intimidated at the thought of calling an elected official. Don’t be! They were elected to represent you. 
 
If you don’t know who represents you in Congress just go to http://www.congress.org/ and enter your zip code. Then call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard – 202-224-3121 – and ask for your member of Congress. You can also go to your representative’s website to find their local and Washington contact information. Click here to find out more.
 
FEDERAL LEGISLATION
 
Full text, summary, co-sponsors and bill status available at the links provided below.
 
            S. – Represents a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate
 
            H.R. – Represents a bill introduced in the U. S. House of Representatives
 
 
H.R. 5195: Autism Understanding and Training in School Methodologies for Educators Act of 2012
 
A bill to establish a 5 year demonstration program to provide skills to classroom teachers and staff who work with children with autism spectrum disorders
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr5195
 
Autism Services and Workforce Acceleration Act of 2011 [S. 850]: A bill to provide for enhanced treatment, support, services, and research for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
 
            S. 850 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-850 
 
 
Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2011[S.136/H.R.432]: Bans the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food and beverage containers for children.
 
            S. 136 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-136 
 
            H.R. 432 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-432 
 
 
Caring for Military Kids with Autism Act [H.R.2288]: Amends title 10, United States Code, to provide for certain treatment of autism under TRICARE. 
 
            H.R. 2288 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-2288 
 
 
**Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011[S.1094/H.R. 2005]:  A bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-416), which authorizes nearly $700 million to fund autism research, training, intervention and other programs.  
 
            S. 1094: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-1094    
 
            H.R. 2005  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-2005
 
            Signed into law by President Obama 9/30/11.
 
 
H.R. 4318: To prohibit the use, production, sale, importation, or exportation of any pesticide containing atrazine
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4318
 
H.R. 6163: National Pediatric Research Network Act of 2012
 
Amends title IV of the Public Health Service Act to provide for a National Pediatric Research Network with a focus on rare diseases or conditions
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6163
 
NJ S1884. Requires DHSS to post on website information concerning hospital emergency department staffing and services for pediatric patients 
 
http://www.govtrack.us/states/nj/bills/2012-2013/s1884
 
H.R. 6601: Carcinogen-Free Label Act of 2012     
 
A bill to establish programs in the executive branch to permit the labeling that do not contain any carcinogens as “Carcinogen-Free” and for other purposes 
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6601
 
H.R. 6358: Cell Phone Right to Know Act
 
A bill to examine, label, and communicate adverse human biological effects associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields from cell phones and other wireless devices
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6358
 
 
H.R. 6207: Children’s Health Task Force Act of 2012
 
A bill to establish and maintain a permanent Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children 
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6207
 
 
H.R. 6396: End Radon in Schools Act
 
A bill introduced to establish a grant program to test and mitigate radon levels in public schools
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6396
 
 
H.R. 4225: School Environment Protection Act
 
Amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to require local educational agencies and schools to implement pest management programs 
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4225
 
 
Dangerous Products Warning Act [H.R.322]: Amends title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of the general public. 
 
            H.R. 322 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-322 
 
 
Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011 [S. 1361]: A bill to reduce human exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. 
 
            S. 1361 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-1361 
 
Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Research and Quality of Life Act of 2011 [S.1613/H.R.3015]: To improve and enhance research and programs on childhood cancer survivorship
 
            S. 1613 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-1613 
 
            H.R. 3015 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-3015 
 
 
S. Res. 586: A resolution expressing support for the goals and ideals of National Infant Mortality Awareness Month
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/sres586
 
H.R. 4266: Protecting Pregnant Women and Children From Hexavalent Chromium Act of 2012
 
Amends the Safe drinking Water Act to protect the health of vulnerable individuals, including pregnant women, infants, and children, by requiring a health advisory and drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr4266
 
Protecting Pregnant Women and Children from Perchlorate Act of 2011[S.78]: Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect the health of pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children by requiring a health advisory and drinking water standard for perchlorate.
 
            S. 78 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-78 
 
Protecting Pregnant Women and Children from Hexavalent Chromium Act of 2011 [S.79]: Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect the health of vulnerable individuals, including pregnant women, infants, and children, by requiring a health advisory and drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium.
 
            S. 79 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-79 
 
 
Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 [S.847]: Amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed.
 
            S. 847 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-847 
 
Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities from Disease Cluster Act [S.76]: Directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate and address cancer and disease clusters, including in infants and children.                                         S. 76 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-76 
 
 
GREEN CLEANING STATE LEGISLATION
 
Efforts by Deirdre Imus and The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® have helped usher in “Green Cleaning” Executive Orders from the governors of multiple states.  Leading by example, the Environmental Center’s award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program eliminates, to the greatest extent possible, all cleaning agents containing hazardous ingredients and replaces them with naturally derived ingredients with the least level of toxicity. Since its inception in 2001, the institutional Greening The Cleaning® program has been implemented by healthcare facilities, government authorities, businesses and schools, with direct savings in cleaning costs ranging from budget neutral to 75 percent
 
States with green cleaning laws now include: New York, Connecticut, Nevada, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Maine and Hawaii
 
State legislatures that have introduced green cleaning legislation including: New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, Wisconsin and Vermont
 
NEW YORK
 
New York: Mandates that schools purchase green cleaning products under Public Law 409I, and that agencies purchase from preferred vendors under State Finance Law 162.
 
NY A02096: Relates to the use of environmentally sensitive cleaning and maintenance products in nursing homes, residential care facilities, senior centers and adult homes; requires commissioner to establish certain guidelines and criteria for the use of such products.
 
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/default_fld=&bn=A02096&term=2011&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Votes=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y
 
OTHER IMPORTANT STATE LEGISLATION
 
AUTISM
 
New York:  
 
A06305/S4005 – relates to insurance coverage for the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.   http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A06305&term=2011 
 
            Passed by legislature – Awaiting Gov. Cuomo’s signature
 
Other bills relating to autism spectrum disorders http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/ 
 
 
New Jersey: 
 
Bills relating to autism spectrum disorders. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsByKeyword.asp 
 
CHEMICALS
 
New York: 
 
A04036 – Prohibits the manufacture, distribution and sale of toys and child care products containing bisphenol-A or phthalates. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A04036&term=2011 
 
A07572 – Prohibits the sale or offering for sale of toys, and liquids, foods and beverages in containers, for children 3 or younger, containing bisphenol A; requires manufacturers of products containing bisphenol A to use the least toxic alternative chemical compound to replace bisphenol A. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A07572&term=2011 
 
New Jersey: Bills relating to sale of products containing phthalates and bisphenol A http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsByKeyword.asp 
 
HYDRAULIC FRACTURING
 
New York: 
 
S. 2248: Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands Act
 
A bill to clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within State boundaries
 
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2248
 
A05547 – Establishes a moratorium on conducting hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil until 120 days after federal EPA issues report. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A05547&term=2011 
 
S03765 – Prohibits contracts that relate or refer to hydraulic fracturing from containing provisions that prohibit the disclosure of the chemicals used by such processes.
 
Other bills relating to hydraulic fracturing  http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/ 
 
New Jersey: 
 
A3653/S2576 – Prohibits drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp 
 
Other bills relating to hydraulic fracturing. 
 
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsByKeyword.asp 
 
 
VACCINATION EXEMPTIONS
 
 
On February 22, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and shielded drug companies from all liability for harm caused by vaccines even when companies could have made a safer vaccine. 
 
New York: 
 
S01331 – Enacts the “philosophical exemption to immunizations act” in order to establish an exemption to mandatory immunizations. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=S01331&term=2011 
 
 
A00654 – Extends the protections of the medical exemption from mandatory immunizations
 
for students to ensure deference to the professional assessments of physicians
 
and nurse practitioners in the care of their individual patients. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A00593&term=2011&Summary=Y&Text=Y 
 
 
A00654 – Authorizes nurse practitioners to certify that an immunization may be detrimental to a child’s health. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A00654&term=2011 
 
New Jersey: 
 
A101/S1571 – Provides for philosophical exemption to mandatory immunizations. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp 
 
 
A243/S1089 & A1089/S1839 – Provides for conscientious exemption to mandatory immunizations. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillsByKeyword.asp 
 
 
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