HB1214 (2018) Detail

Prohibiting the sale of certain furniture with flame retardant chemicals.


HB 1214 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2031

05/04

 

HOUSE BILL HB 1214

 

AN ACT prohibiting the sale of certain furniture with flame retardant chemicals.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Chandler, Carr. 1; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8; Rep. Messmer, Rock. 24; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Watters, Dist 4

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits the sale and distribution of new upholstered furniture for residential purposes if it contains certain flame retardant chemicals.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2031

05/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT prohibiting the sale of certain furniture with flame retardant chemicals.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Chapter; Regulating the Sale of Certain Furniture with Flame Retardant Chemicals.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 359-P the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 359-Q

REGULATING THE SALE OF CERTAIN FURNITURE WITH FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS

359-Q:1  Definitions.  In this chapter:

I.  "Flame-retardant chemical" means a chemical or chemical compound for which a functional use is to resist or inhibit the spread of fire.  "Flame-retardant chemical" includes, but is not limited to, halogenated, phosphorus-based, nitrogen-based and nanoscale flame retardants and any chemical or chemical compound for which "flame retardant" appears on the substance safety data sheet required under 29 C.F.R. section 1910.1200(g).

II.  "Upholstered furniture" means residential furniture intended for indoor use in a home or other dwelling intended for residential occupancy that consists in whole or in part of resilient cushioning materials enclosed within a covering consisting of fabric or related materials.

359-Q:2  Beginning January 1, 2019, a person shall not sell, offer to sell, or distribute for promotional purposes, upholstered furniture containing in its fabric or other covering or in its cushioning materials more than 0.1 percent of a flame-retardant chemical or more than 0.1 percent of a mixture that includes flame-retardant chemicals.

359-Q:3  Exemptions.  The prohibition in RSA 359-Q:2 shall not apply to the following upholstered furniture products containing flame-retardant chemicals:

I.  Used upholstered furniture.

II.  Upholstered furniture purchased for public use in public facilities, including, but not limited to, schools, jails, and hospitals, that is required by the state of California to meet the flammability standard in California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation Technical Bulletin 133, "Flammability Test Procedure for Seating Furniture for Use in Public Occupancies," dated January 1991.

III.  New upholstered furniture otherwise subject to the prohibition in RSA 359-Q:2 that is sold, offered for sale, or distributed for promotional purposes in the state by a retailer or wholesaler on or after January 1, 2019 and that was imported into the state or otherwise purchased or acquired by the retailer or wholesaler for sale or distribution in the state prior to January 1, 2019.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.

Links

HB1214 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 13, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 20, 2018 House Exec Session
March 15, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1214 Revision: 2154 Date: Nov. 7, 2017, 1:50 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 1 P. 3
Feb. 13, 2018 Public Hearing: 02/13/2018 01:15 PM LOB 302
Feb. 20, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/20/2018 09:00 AM LOB 305
Feb. 20, 2018 Executive Session: 02/20/2018 LOB 302
Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study (Vote 20-0; CC)
March 6, 2018 Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study for 03/06/2018 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 9 P. 5
March 6, 2018 Removed from Consent (Rep. Goley) 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 4
March 6, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 125
Special Order to 3/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 49
March 15, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65; extending deadline for action to 3/22/2018 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/15/2018 HJ 8 P. 69
March 22, 2018 Refer for Interim Study: MA DV 175-160 03/22/2018 HJ 10 P. 7