- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved legislation regulating the level of cadmium, a toxic substance, in children’s jewelry.

The measure, approved Tuesday by a vote of 136-8, requires manufacturers of children’s jewelry to register with the state Department of Consumer Protection. The measure applies to jewelry worn by children 12 and younger.

It also would impose civil and criminal penalties for violations.

Rep. David Baram, House chairman of the legislature’s General Law Committee, said there are no known reported cases of cadmium poisoning in Connecticut. But he says the state’s regulations are among the strongest in the U.S.

Rep. Sam Belsito, R-Tolland, opposed the legislation because it’s not been demonstrated that children have been hurt and there’s no “proof that this bill is worthwhile passing.”

The measure now heads to the Senate.

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