Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Response from Senator Lugar

Awhile back I wrote to both of my Indiana Senators about the CPSC regulations that may cause financial difficulties for the makers of our favorite toys. I got a letter in the mail from Senator Lugar a couple days ago and it read as such:

Dear Beau:

Thank you for sharing with me your concerns about legislation that was recently enacted to modernize the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). I appreciate knowing your thoughts about the potential difficulties small businesses could face in complying with this new law.

As you may know, on February 2nd the CPSC issued a one year stay of enforcement for the testing and certification requirements included in the CPSC Reform Act. This stay will give the CPSC additional time to establish the regulatory framework that is needed to ensure that enforcement of this law is responsive to the needs of manufacturers while protecting children from harmful substances such as lead. The rulemaking process is ongoing and is subject to public review and comment. Additional information about the implementation of this law and the stay of enforcement can be found online at http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html. I will follow this issue closely as the CPSC moves forward with the rulemaking process.

Thank you again for contacting me.

Richard G. Lugar
United State Senator


Anonymous said...

If pewter/lead toy soldiers could be classified as adult collectables and exempt from the regs why wouldn't plastic? I know children's toys are plastic but what interest do they have in historical figures that for the most part are non-poseable. Seems Baby Boomers make up about 90% of this hobby and like TSSD noted sell them to 14 and under. Otherwise we will go broke buying pewter figures.

Beau said...

I agree with you completely. Not all of the details have been worked out yet, and we'll have to wait till next year to find out what sort of price increase this may cause for plastics. So far, the government hasn't gotten all it's ducks in a row. Hopefully some compromise will be made to allow small businesses to keep afloat. It's a VERY important issue.

Mannie Gentile said...


I'm coming into this cold, and the document from Senator Lugar is about as readable as the assembly instructions of a Chinese piano forte. Kindly direct me to a link that will provide me with some "deep background" on the issue.

(email me at museumofamerica@myactv.net)

Best wishes and soldier on!


Beau said...

Hey Mannie!

Just sent you an email with some links.