In the state of California, several issues, such as Proposition 65 and the Safer Consumer Products Program, are of great importance to the members of the American Chemistry Council. ACC has outlined both a high-level overview of the legislative and regulatory body in the state of California, along with pertinent information on critical matters below.

State Legislature

The California state legislature consists of the lower house, the Assembly with 80 members, and the upper house, the Senate with 40 members. The legislature meets in two-year sessions similar to the Federal government and unlike many states, is in session year-round. Bills of interest in the 2015-2016 session include:  

Regulatory System

California differs from other states by having its own state level regulatory system, CalEPA. Established in 1991, CalEPA operates independently from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Two departments with CalEPA oversee two matters of interest to ACC members. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) which oversees Proposition 65, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) which oversees the Safer Consumer Products Program.

Proposition 65: Formally known as the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, the Act was voted in through the state’s initiative process. The state establishes two lists, one of which contains compounds known to the state to cause cancer, while the other list contains compounds known to cause reproductive harm. Labeling requirements were established to assure that anyone potentially exposed to compounds on the lists are notified. Since an advisory committee periodically reviews the lists and adds compounds, the lists are always changing.  



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