On July 4, 2011, I informed you that HR 2359: The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 had been introduced. You can read the text of the bill here. This month, I hosted two exclusive IBN member calls to discuss the bill. The first was July 6, to review the substance of the bill. If you are a member and you missed that call, you can log in to get it here.
During the second call, on July 19, I led a discussion with my members to obtain their feedback and opinions on the bill. If you are a member, you can log in for that call here. Both calls are very informative, and if you are a member and have not listened to them, I encourage you to do so. Following the July 19 call, I surveyed IBN members, and they have made their voices heard. Here is what they said:
I am in favor of HR 2359 as it is currently drafted: 1.4%
I am not in favor of HR 2359 as it is currently drafted: 95.9%
I am undecided about whether I am in favor of or not in favor of HR 2359: 2.7%
Based on this vote, IBN opposes HR 2359: The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011.
I am authorized to share that IBN member Samantha Dickey of Dirty Beauty in Georgia voted in favor of the bill. All of IBN's position statements will include this disclosure going forward. I will continue to make available to Ms. Dickey and her company all of IBN's member benefits, with the understanding that IBN does not represent her position on this bill. This arrangement is open to all IBN members, each of whom may feel free to contact me to discuss their particular situation.
Voting is now closed, and this particular vote represents a snapshot in time. If because of the fluid situation we are in, it becomes necessary to do so, another vote will be taken.
If you are not a member of IBN, and you wish to join our advocacy efforts and take advantage of our suite of business building member benefits, including affordable products liability insurance, you may join today at this link.
I will continue to post IBN member updates, and will soon publish a more detailed position paper. Public updates will be posted in the Legislative Advocacy Category at this blog and in the public blog area at the INDIE Social Site. All other IBN-sponsored discussion about this bill will take place among members in our exclusive IBN member discussion forum.
Anyone can vote for or against HR 2359 at Open Congress.
If you oppose the bill, you can also sign this Petition To Oppose H.R. 2359: Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, sponsored by Personal Care Truth.*
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* Disclosure: IBN member Kristen Fraser Cotte of The Grapeseed Company is a founder of Personal Care Truth.