With less than two weeks in the 2013 legislative session and no consensus on Proposition 65 reform, Governor Brown’s Office announced it will not pursue legislative changes this year. This doesn’t mean the issue will disappear, with focus moving to regulatory agencies for further consideration later in the fall.
Earlier this year Governor Brown announced his intent to work with stakeholders to reform Proposition 65, California’s 1986 voter-approved initiative on warnings for toxic chemicals. Over the past several months, the Governor’s Office and the Office of Environmental Health, Hazard and Assessment (OEHHA), convened meetings and asked for written comments from stakeholders on the proposed changes to the regulation.
It was the Administration’s intention to develop and negotiate ways to improve posting requirements for the warnings while also reducing legal settlements for minor violations. While no significant changes were agreed upon this year, it’s expected that the focus will move to the regulatory environment this fall and that the Governor’s office will seek changes administratively rather than legislatively.
The California Restaurant Association (CRA) will continue to be very engaged on the issue to ensure that the current restaurant “safe harbor” signs continue to be allowed.