assembly Bill A8744A

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the "Microbead-free waters Act" to prohibit the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
May 05, 2014 referred to environmental conservation
delivered to senate
passed assembly
Apr 29, 2014 amended on third reading 8744a
Mar 06, 2014 advanced to third reading cal.490
Mar 04, 2014 reported
Feb 26, 2014 reported referred to codes
Feb 11, 2014 referred to environmental conservation

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A8744 - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 37 Title 9 §§37-0901 - 37-0909, amd §71-3703, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
A5896

A8744 - Summary

Enacts the "Microbead-free waters act" to prohibit the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads.

A8744 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  8744

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  SWEENEY,  SCHIMEL,  PEOPLES-STOKES,  JAFFEE,
  KAVANAGH, OTIS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M.  of  A.  GLICK,  ROSENTHAL,
  STIRPE  --  (at  request  of  the  Department of Law) -- read once and
  referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
  prohibiting the manufacture, distribution and sale of personal cosmet-
  ic products containing microbeads

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Legislative intent.   The  legislature  hereby  finds  that
microbeads, a synthetic alternative ingredient to such natural materials
as  ground  almonds,  oatmeal  and  pumice,  found  in  over one hundred
personal cosmetic products, including  facial  cleansers,  shampoos  and
toothpastes, pose a serious threat to New York's environment.
  Microbeads have been documented to collect harmful pollutants, already
present  in  the  environment, and harm fish and other aquatic organisms
that form the base of the aquatic food chain.  Recently, microbeads have
been recorded in New York's water bodies, and in particular, the  waters
of  Lake  Erie. Research has suggested that the majority of these micro-
beads are entering water bodies through disposal down  household  drains
following the use of such personal cosmetic products.
  Without  significant  and  costly  improvements to the majority of New
York's sewage treatment facilities,  microbeads  contained  in  personal
cosmetic  products will continue to pollute New York's waters and hinder
the ongoing efforts to restore the state's lakes and rivers, recreation-
al and commercial fisheries  as  well  as  recent  substantial  economic
investments in redeveloping New York's waterfronts.
  S  2.  Article  37 of the environmental conservation law is amended by
adding a new title 9 to read as follows:
                                 TITLE 9
                               MICROBEADS
SECTION 37-0901. SHORT TITLE.
        37-0903. DEFINITIONS.
        37-0905. PERSONAL COSMETIC PRODUCTS CONTAINING MICROBEADS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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A8744A (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 37 Title 9 §§37-0901 - 37-0909, amd §71-3703, En Con L
Versions Introduced in 2015-2016 Legislative Session:
A5896

A8744A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "Microbead-free waters act" to prohibit the sale of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads.

A8744A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 8744--A
                                                        Cal. No. 490

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 11, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  SWEENEY,  SCHIMEL,  PEOPLES-STOKES,  JAFFEE,
  KAVANAGH,  OTIS,  ENGLEBRIGHT,  ZEBROWSKI,  ROSENTHAL,  FAHY,  LIFTON,
  KEARNS,  NOJAY, WEPRIN, COLTON, LUPARDO, JACOBS, CLARK, RYAN -- Multi-
  Sponsored by -- M. of A.  GALEF, GLICK, MONTESANO,  PERRY,  STIRPE  --
  (at request of the Department of Law) -- read once and referred to the
  Committee  on  Environmental  Conservation -- reported and referred to
  the Committee on Codes -- reported from committee, advanced to a third
  reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining  its  place  on  the
  order of third reading

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
  prohibiting the manufacture, distribution and sale of personal cosmet-
  ic products containing microbeads

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  intent.    The legislature hereby finds that
microbeads, a synthetic alternative ingredient to such natural materials
as ground almonds,  oatmeal  and  pumice,  found  in  over  one  hundred
personal  cosmetic  products,  including  facial cleansers, shampoos and
toothpastes, pose a serious threat to New York's environment.
  Microbeads have been documented to collect harmful pollutants, already
present in the environment, and harm fish and  other  aquatic  organisms
that form the base of the aquatic food chain.  Recently, microbeads have
been  recorded in New York's water bodies, and in particular, the waters
of Lake Erie. Research has suggested that the majority of  these  micro-
beads  are  entering water bodies through disposal down household drains
following the use of such personal cosmetic products.
  Without significant and costly improvements to  the  majority  of  New
York's  sewage  treatment  facilities,  microbeads contained in personal
cosmetic products will continue to pollute New York's waters and  hinder
the ongoing efforts to restore the state's lakes and rivers, recreation-
al  and  commercial  fisheries  as  well  as recent substantial economic
investments in redeveloping New York's waterfronts.
  S 2. Article 37 of the environmental conservation law  is  amended  by
adding a new title 9 to read as follows:

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets