Following on from proactive outreach from the American Bakers Association (ABA) and other business groups, Nevada’s Governor Joe Lombardo vetoed Nevada State Bill 76 on 16 June.
The bill would have established certain restrictions on the manufacturing and sale of products containing intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals and would, in ABA’s words, “would have been the least business-friendly law governing these types of products in the country”.
“ABA has been deeply involved over the past month in Nevada on SB76, the ‘PFAS Labeling Bill’,” said Eric Dell, President and CEO, ABA. “We agree the bill was well-intentioned and are grateful some of our supported revisions were incorporated into the final bill text. However, a significant concern was that the legislation would have created a misdemeanour penalty for failure to comply with this bill’s provisions. If the Governor had not vetoed SB76 , Nevada would be one of the few states in the nation with criminal penalties for the sale of these types of PFAS-containing products.”
ABA’s particular involvement in the bill dates back to 1 June, when the association joined in a letter requesting the Nevada Governor to veto SB 76, also known as the ‘PFAS labelling bill’. ABA was able to amend the legislation by limiting its applicability to the bakery industry and avoiding mandatory packaging labelling in both English and Spanish.
A coalition of organisations joined in pushing for a veto of SB76, which ABA joined in as a voice to the bakery industry and how it would affect it to lawmakers in Nevada. The next change for this legislation to resurface will be in 2025.
“ABA’s work on Nevada SB76 is representative of the association’s revitalized focus on quick, strategic advocacy on issues that matter most to our industry,” added Dell. “We look forward to continuing to hone our rapid-response capabilities in state and local governments.”
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