AB 543, as introduced, Quirk. Proposition 65: exposure.
(1) The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, an initiative measure approved by the voters as Proposition 65 at the November 6, 1986, statewide general election, prohibits any person, in the course of doing business, from knowingly and intentionally exposing any individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without giving a specified warning.
This bill would provide that a person, in the course of doing business, does not knowingly and intentionally expose an individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity if there exists an exposure assessment that meets 3 specified requirements.
(2) Proposition 65 provides that it may be amended by a statute, passed by a 2⁄3 vote of each house of the Legislature, to further its purposes.
This bill would find and declare that it furthers the purposes of Proposition 65.
Vote: 2⁄3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 25249.6 of the Health and Safety Code
2 is amended to read:
Required Warning Before Exposure To Chemicals
4Known to Cause Cancer Or Reproductive Toxicity.
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5 person in the course of doing business shall knowingly
6and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to
7the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first
8giving clear and reasonable warning to such individual, except as
9provided in Section 25249.10.
Section 25249.11 of the Health and Safety Code is
29amended to read:
31For purposes of this chapter:
32(a) “Person” means an individual, trust, firm, joint stock
33company, corporation, company, partnership, limited liability
34company, and association.
35(b) “Person in the course of doing business” does not include
36any person employing fewer than 10 employees in his or her
37business; any city, county, or district or any department or agency
38thereof or the state or any department or agency thereof or the
P3 1federal government or any department or agency thereof; or any
2entity in its operation of a public water system as defined in Section
28 “Significant amount” means any detectable amount except
29an amount which would meet the exemption test in subdivision
30(c) of Section 25249.10 if an individual were exposed to such an
31amount in drinking water.
33 “Source of drinking water” means either a present source of
34drinking water or water which is identified or designated in a water
35quality control plan adopted by a regional board as being suitable
36for domestic or municipal uses.
38 “Threaten to violate” means to create a condition in which
39there is a substantial probability that a violation will occur.
P4 1 “Warning” within the meaning of Section 25249.6 need not
2be provided separately to each exposed individual and may be
3provided by general methods such as labels on consumer products,
4inclusion of notices in mailings to water customers, posting of
5notices, placing notices in public news media, and the like,
6provided that the warning accomplished is clear and reasonable.
7In order to minimize the burden on retail sellers of consumer
8products including foods, regulations implementing Section
925249.6 shall to the extent practicable place the obligation to
10provide any warning materials such as labels on the producer or
11packager rather than on the retail seller, except where the retail
12seller itself is responsible for introducing a chemical known to the
13state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity into the consumer
14product in question.
The Legislature finds and declares that this act furthers
16the purposes of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement
17Act of 1986.