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Proposed N.Y. Senate Bill May Halt Toy Business in State


The Toy Association alerted members of harmful legislation that would prevent many toy companies from doing business in New York State. Members are encouraged to get involved and urge lawmakers to vote against Senate Bill 501B/Assembly Bill 6296B by attending The Toy Association’s upcoming legislative day, or by sending a letter of concern to leadership in the New York State legislature.


SB 501B/AB 6296B would create new regulations for children’s products that are inconsistent with federal law and similar laws in other states. The legislation proposes a costly chemical disclosure and restriction program on toy businesses not based on specific scientific or safety criteria. If it were to become law, many companies may not be able to continue offering products for sale in New York State because of the undue cost and the unfeasibility of the requirements.


The Toy Association is holding a legislative day at the New York State House in Albany on Tuesday, May 14 to give toy companies and others involved in the industry an opportunity to meet with legislators and express concerns on this critical issue.


Companies that wish to participate or want to learn more may contact Matthew Lenz, director of state government affairs at The Toy Association.


Those who wish to get involved but are unable to attend the legislative day are encouraged to send letters of concern to the following elected officials: Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Chairman Todd Kaminsky. Be sure to copy Matthew Lenz so that the Toy Association can also hand deliver these letters.

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“The Toy Association is working hard to communicate the negative impact of this legislation, and to highlight that toy companies perform rigorous safety assessments and are already subject to chemical regulation at the federal level,” Lenz said. “But we urgently need the toy industry’s help to ask lawmakers to vote ‘no’ on this bill.”