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.
Senate Democratic Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) joined statehouse legislative leaders at the 2015 Ohio Associated Press Preview to discuss priorities for the 131st General Assembly.
This annual event features elected officials from all 3 branches of Ohio's state government discussing their priorities for the year ahead. Sponsored by the Associated Press and moderated by the Ohio AP's Statehouse Correspondent Julie Carr Smyth.
Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) announced the hiring of Michael Premo as Chief of Staff for the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus. Premo currently serves as campaign manager for Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a statewide public education campaign dedicated to increasing support for marriage equality in Ohio.
Columbus--Today, Senators Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus), joined by advocates from Policy Matters Ohio, Voices for Ohio's Children, and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks encouraged lawmakers to make the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in Ohio refundable.
The advocacy comes ahead of National Earned Income Tax Credit Awarness Day, recognized on January 30th to encourage taxpayers to claim this important credit during tax season.
COLUMBUS—The Ohio Senate recently announced that State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) has been appointed to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and State and Local Committee for the 131st General Assembly.