On April 22, 2015, Conkle, Kremer & Engel attorney John Conkle will again participate in the Personal Care Products Council California Lobby Day, an annual event organized by the PCPC and held at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
The ambitious, single-day event puts the spotlight on the personal care industry as a key industry for the California economy. According to the PCPC, the beauty and personal care products industry positively affects California in at least the following ways:
- The industry contributes $22 billion to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
- The industry contributes $6 billion to the state in taxes
- The industry employs over 500,000 workers associated with the manufacture, distribution and sale of cosmetics and personal care products
- There are over 550,000 licensed beauty professionals in the salon and spa industry
The PCPC’s annual Lobby Day includes a full day of meetings with legislators and state officials, starting with a meeting at the Governor’s Office with top administrative officials. The meetings are followed by educational briefings for legislative staff. While the briefings for staff are taken place, PCPC staff and members will visit legislative offices to speak with lawmakers about bills of interest. The day concludes with a legislative reception for California legislators, the Governor’s Office staff and Administration officials.
Among the legislation that is likely to be addressed with lawmakers at Lobby Day are
- Assembly Bill (AB) 888 (Bloom), which would prohibit the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads after January 1, 2020, and
- AB 708 (Jones-Sawyer), which would prohibit the manufacture, sale or distribution of certain consumer products unless the manufacturer discloses each ingredient contained in the product by posting that information on the product label and on the manufacturer’s website, and provides the website and web page address on the product label, along with a prescribed statement.
Other bills of interest to PCPC include the Proposition 65 bill AB 543 (Quirk), which 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 of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity if there exists an exposure assessment that meets specified requirements. In addition, the PCPC will present its positions on hazardous waste bill AB 1075 (Alejo) and pharmaceutical waste bills AB 901 (Gordon) and AB 45 (Mullin) with legislative officials. Other key regulatory issues of importance to the personal care industry such as Green Chemistry, Proposition 65, Hazardous Waste, California Organic Products Act and Air Quality are also expected to be addressed at Lobby Day.
CK&E regularly participates in personal care product industry events. As an active member of the PCPC, CK&E is pleased to support the industry’s efforts to advance the legal and regulatory interests of the PCPC and its member companies and is proud to have been invited to again participate in California Lobby Day.