Industry representatives made the best arguments they could to stifle and end AB 2202 (Saldaña), which will shadow the EU's RoHS Directive and require manufacturers to phase out the use of toxic materials in all consumer electronics by Jan 1, 2008, but the measure passed out of the Assembly Environmental Toxics Committee on a 4-2 vote.
The opponents of the measure believe AB 2202 pushes the envelope in asking manufacturers to do too much too quickly. Yet CAW and the bill’s other supporters stand strong in saying if a product is prohibited from Europe due to its toxicity, then we don’t want that product sold in California either, and today the Assembly ES & TM felt the same way.
AB 2202 will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. A date has not been set.