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Oregon Lawmakers Drop Bill To Phase Out Toxins In Toys

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Senate has shelved a bill that would have phased out toxic chemicals in certain toys and children’s products sold in Oregon.

By a voice vote Monday, the Senate sent the bill back to committee, where it will likely die. The House had approved it in June.

The bill would have set up a database to track the use in manufactured products of 19 chemicals shown to be harmful to children. It called for phasing out the chemicals within five years.

Proponents said the bill would protect children. Opponents said the legislation could hurt manufacturers and is too far-reaching.

Democratic Sen. Diane Rosenbaum of Portland, the majority leader, said she hopes the Legislature will take up the issue again next session.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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