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Coalition Letter on Proposed Amendments to Proposition 65 Short Form Warnings (3/26/2021)

Exposures to Listed Chemicals in Coffee Posing No Significant Risk
(Effective October 1, 2019; Approved by Office of Administrative Law on June 3, 2019; see Capitol Insider blog post)

Summary: New Proposition 65 Warning Regulations
(August 2, 2018)

Proposition 65 Warning Regulations Synopsis
(Adopted 8/30/2016)

BPA Emergency Warning Regulation
(Adopted 5/11/2016; In Effect Until 12/31/2017)

Proposition 65: Pre-Regulatory Draft Regulations

Comments on Warning Regulation Discussion Draft​ (10/10/2014)

Coalition Letter to Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) (6/12/2014)

Consumer Products Draft Regulations (Green Chemistry)

Letter to Department of Toxic Substances Control (2/28/2013)

Major Victories

Safeguarded businesses’ ability to innovate in 2018 by:

  • Stopping a bill requiring manufacturers of electronics and appliances sold in California to provide any repair person with software, parts and tools to repair the products (AB 2110).
  • Blocked efforts to place ridiculous restrictions on use of bots (AB 1950).

Prevented passage of proposals in 2017 threatening energy reliability (AB 127); banning expanded polystyrene foam food service containers (SB 705); and increasing permitting fees and delays (SB 774).

Stopped bills in 2016 leading to increased environmental litigation (AB 2748) and frivolous litigation about alleged gender-based pricing of goods (SB 899).

Led coalition in 2016 that stopped a bill that would have stifled innovation and imposed unnecessary burdens on businesses by requiring manufacturers of specific consumer products to disclose ingredients on product labels and the internet without protecting confidential business information (AB 708).

Halted expensive unnecessary regulatory burdens, such as an expanded waste bureaucracy in 2010 (AB 479, AB 737) and a 2012 vote rejecting a ban on the use of polystyrene foam food containers (SB 568); and in 2013 an expansion of reasons to sue under the California Environmental Quality Act (SB 617, SB 754).

Issue Summaries

Proposition 65 Landscape

Position: The CalChamber supports the underlying intent of Proposition 65, which is to ensure that consumers can make reasoned and informed choices when they purchase consumer products or enter certain establishments. Unfortunately, the intent of Proposition 65 has been undermined by ever-increasing attempts to use the law solely for personal profit, which has exploded into a million-dollar cottage industry. For this reason, the CalChamber ardently supports reforms to end frivolous “shakedown” lawsuits, improve how the public is warned about dangerous chemicals, and strengthen the scientific basis for warning levels and initial listings.

Although achieving these goals legislatively has proven nearly impossible, the CalChamber remains committed to initiating or supporting legislative efforts that seek to restore the original intent of the law, and where required, pursue litigation necessary to protect member companies from shakedown lawsuits that undermine the spirit and intent of the law.

Whether in the legislative, regulatory or judicial forums, the CalChamber will continue to engage on Proposition 65 to ensure that consumers are appropriately warned and businesses are protected from frivolous shakedown lawsuits.

Proposition 65 Landscape

Recycling in California

Position: The CalChamber supports upgrading California’s recycling system to revitalize recycling and composting in-state. Any statewide policies regarding the management of California’s waste must be balanced and take into consideration the burden on companies and consumers in order to be effective and achieve the intended environmental benefits. The CalChamber supports maintaining legislative oversight to ensure that any proposed regulations complement other state goals and policies.
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Adam RegeleAdam Regele
Policy Advocate
Environmental Policy,
Housing and Land Use,
Product Regulation