Senate approves flame retardant labeling bill

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a bill that would require the labeling of flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture.

Lawmakers approved SB1019 by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco on a 29-6 vote Wednesday.

It requires manufacturers to indicate whether the upholstery used in furniture contains flame retardants. It also directs the state bureau overseeing home furnishings to ensure compliance with the labeling requirement and assess fines for violations.

Leno said the bill simply allows consumers to know which items have been made with and without chemicals. He says it’s about “informing the consumer so they can make choices.”

The bill now moves to the Assembly.

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