Title

Consumer products: flame retardant materials.

Summary

Existing law, the Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation Act, a violation of which is a misdemeanor, provides for the regulation of persons engaged in businesses relating to upholstered furniture, bedding and filling materials, and insulation, and provides for the enforcement and administration of those provisions by a chief under the Director of Consumer Affairs. Existing law authorizes the Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings, and Thermal Insulation to establish grades, specifications, and tolerances for materials used in upholstered furniture and bedding or filling materials and requires a manufacturer of upholstered furniture to indicate whether a product contains flame retardant chemicals. This bill, on and after January 1, 2020, would prohibit a person, including a manufacturer, from selling or distributing in commerce in this state new, not previously owned juvenile products, mattresses, or upholstered furniture that contains, or a constituent component of which contains, covered flame retardant chemicals, as defined, at levels above 1,000 parts per million, except as specified, and would prohibit a custom upholsterer from, among other things, repairing upholstered furniture or reupholstered furniture using replacement components that contain covered flame retardant chemicals at levels above 1,000 parts per million, except as specified. The bill would authorize the director to adopt regulations and rules to implement and enforce the bill's provisions. The bill would require the bureau to (1) enforce and ensure compliance with these requirements, (2) provide the Department of Toxic Substances Control with a selection of samples from products regulated by the bill's provisions for testing, and (3) reimburse the department for certain testing costs. The bill would also authorize the bureau to assess fines against manufacturers for a violation of the bill's provisions, as specified. The bill would require the bureau to receive complaints from consumers concerning these regulated products that are sold in this state. The bill would require the International Sleep Products Association to conduct surveys of mattress producers, including those registered with the bureau, and to submit a survey report with prescribed information to the bureau by January 31, 2020, and every 3 years thereafter. The bill would require registered producers of new mattresses to respond to the survey. The bill would require the association to submit to the bureau a list of any producers who fail to respond to the survey and to post the list of nonresponders on its Internet Web site. The bill would define various other terms for these purposes. The bill would also make various findings and declarations in this regard. Because a violation of the bill's provisions would be a misdemeanor, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Bill Text

Bill Activity

  • Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 924, Statutes of 2018.

  • Signed Approved by the Governor.

  • Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.

  • Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 61. Noes 13. Page 6860.).

  • Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 61. Noes 13.).

  • Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling.

  • In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 29 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

  • Passed Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly.

  • Passed Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 29. Noes 9. Page 5791.).

  • Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

  • Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

  • Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.

  • From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (August 16).

  • In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

  • From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 2.) (June 25).

  • From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on B., P. & E.D. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (June 20). Re-referred to Com. on B., P. & E.D.

  • Referred to Coms. on EQ. and B., P. & E.D.

  • In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

  • Passed Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.

  • Passed Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 58. Noes 12. Page 5467.)

  • Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

  • Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

  • From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (May 25).

  • In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 2.) (April 17). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on P. & C.P. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (April 10). Re-referred to Com. on P. & C.P.

  • Re-referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.

  • From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on E.S. & T.M. Read second time and amended.

  • Referred to Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and P. & C.P.

  • Referred to Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and P. & C.P.

  • From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

  • From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

  • Read first time. To print.

  • Read first time. To print.

Votes

No votes recorded on AB 2998.