Committee on Children Initiatives

April 12, 2016

It is important that we keep working on behalf of children and youth who are among the most vulnerable segments of society. I am looking forward to the weeks ahead and will be urging my colleagues support to see these bills through the session.

Legislation includes:

Concussion Awareness/Education – House Bill 5141 broadens the definition of youth athletic activities and adds such activities involving five and six-year-old participants to extend the concussion statement requirement to operators of youth athletic activities involving these younger participants.

Banning Crumb Rubber - House Bill 5139 prohibits the installation of ground cover that contains shredded or ground rubber recycled from motor vehicle tires in municipal and public school playgrounds. Recycled industrial waste such as crumb rubber is known to have cancer causing chemicals.

GMO'sHouse Bill 5300 would require infant formula, baby food and children's foods that are produced partially or entirely with genetically engineered materials to be labelled as such.

Toxic Flame Retardants - House Bill 5299 would prohibit the sale of children’s products containing certain toxic flame retardant chemicals based on their persistence, bioaccumulativity, and toxicity.

Press Release: Hampton Committee on Children April 2016