Columbus—Today, Senator Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) announced the introduction of Senate Bill 304, legislation that would ban the use of microbeads in Ohio.. Used in personal care and beauty products such as facial scrubs, body washes, toothpaste and hand soaps, these particles, coated with toxins like PCBs are being deposited into Lake Erie causing harm to the water and marine life.
“By enacting this common sense legislation, we can help stop the pollution of one of Ohio’s greatest landmarks,” said Senator Skindell.
Microbeads are micro-polymer particles, less than five millimeters in diameter, that are made of synthetic or semi-synthetic polymeric materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate, or a combination of such polymers. Due to their color, fish mistake them for food and digest them.
“According to a study conducted by scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the 5 Gyres Institute, “356,000 microbeads are found in one 4.2-ounce tube of a leading facial cleanser,” said Senator Skindell. “Unfortunately due to their size, they are slipping through our waste water management systems and ending up in Lake Erie.”
Companies found to be in violation would be subject to a misdemeanor fine of $1,000 for each day in which the violation occurs.
A similar measure was introduced in New York in early February due to the high volume of microbeads found along the New York shores of Lake Erie. Companies such as Procter and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson have pledged to phase out the usage of microbeads. Powdered pecan shells and sea salt have been considered as alternatives.
Ohio is the third state to introduce legislation to ban the usage of microbeads.
Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives reached agreement on bipartisan redistricting reform plan (HJR 12), which the Senate passed early this morning 28-1:
Columbus- March in Ohio will be a little sweeter with the passage of Senate Bill 272 by the Ohio House yesterday. The bill, joint sponsored by Senator Capri S. Cafaro (D-Hubbard) and Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) designating March as Ohio Maple Syrup Products Month will soon be signed into law by Governor Kasich.
Columbus –Today, Senator Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) was successful in amending House Bill 474 joint sponsored by Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) to name a portion of Interstate 75 between the Freeman Avenue and Hopple Street exits in Cincinnati as the “William L. Mallory, Sr. Memorial Highway”. The legislation was originally introduced in House Bill 401 by State Representative Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati), son of the former lawmaker. It unanimously passed the Ohio Senate and will soon be signed into law.
Columbus –Today, Senator Eric H. Kearney was successful in amending House Bill 552 sponsored by Representative Peter Stautberg (R-Anderson Township) to include a portion of Senate Bill 552, sponsored by Kearney, requiring the use of the word “accessible” on new handicapped signs erected in Ohio.