Lawmakers refile bill to ban flame retardant chemicals after governor’s veto

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BOSTON (WWLP) – At the end of the last two-year legislative session, lawmakers worked to send the governor a bill that would ban certain flame retardant chemicals.

The legislation would prohibit manufacturers from making or selling 11 different chemical flame retardants. 

The materials in the ban were deemed unsafe by dozens of health professionals, and many even said flame retardants helped spread the fire and produced more toxic smoke. Many of these flame retardants are found in children’s products, household furniture, and bedding.

Despite pressure from 12,000 members of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker declined to sign the bill, resulting in a pocket veto. 

The governor joined opponents of the ban saying it would be expensive to force companies to replace certain materials which would ultimately increase the cost for consumers.

Senator Cynthia Creem and Representative Marjorie Decker re-filed the legislation, and are hoping it will win the Public Health Committee’s approval, so they can have the opportunity to override the governor’s veto.

The Public Health Committee heard testimony on the bill on Tuesday, but they haven’t voted on it yet. 

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