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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 773        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1074


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Gale D. Candaras


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act regulating cadmium in children's jewelry.






Gale D. Candaras


Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Thomas M. McGee

Third Essex and Middlesex

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 773        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1074

By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1074) of Gale D. Candaras, Cory Atkins, Jennifer E. Benson, Thomas M. McGee and other members of the General Court for legislation to regulate cadmium in children's jewelry.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act regulating cadmium in children's jewelry.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 186B the following section:-

              Section 186C.  (a) In this section, the following words shall have the following meanings:--

              “Accessible”, the term shall have the meaning given in Section 3.1.2 of the ASTM International Safety Specification on Toy Safety, F963.

              “Child”, an individual who is 6 years of age or younger.

              “Children’s jewelry”, jewelry that is primarily designed, marketed and intended for use by a child.

              (b)   No person may manufacture, knowingly sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for use children's jewelry containing cadmium in any paint or surface coating or accessible substrate that exceeds 75 parts per million, as determined through solubility testing for heavy metals defined in the ASTM International Safety Specification on Toy Safety, ASTM Standard F-963, and subsequent versions of this standard, unless superseded by a federal standard applicable to children's jewelry.

              (c)  This Section applies to products that are manufactured after December 31, 2011.

              (d)  This section shall not apply to any product category or toy regulated for cadmium exposure under the federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-314).

              SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect upon passage.


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