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  • Printing Being Declared an Essential Business

    March 24, 2020

    Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, many states and localities are now issuing strict orders to citizens to “shelter in place” or “stay at home” and for all “non-essential businesses” to close. This has caused confusion around which businesses beyond the obvious (i.e., pharmacies, hospitals, grocery stores) ones are considered essential and allowed to remain open. SGIA is working feverously to ensure vital printing operations are included in the "essential" business list.
  • Bipartisan Uniform Product Chemical Ingredient Labeling Legislation Introduced

    March 9, 2020

    Since 2017, there has been 62 proposals in 17 states that would require warning labels or ingredient listings. In order to provide a uniform and consistent approach to product ingredient labeling, SGIA has joined the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels (CAPL), which has successfully been able to get legislation introduced that will address this issue.
  • SGIA Requests Washington State to Change Certain Fall Protection Rule Requirements

    March 9, 2020

    As a result of changes made by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to the fall protection requirements, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), has continued its rulemaking process to revise its state regulations.
  • House Committee Holds Hearing on South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. Online Sales Taxes and Their Impact on Main Street

    March 9, 2020

    On Tuesday, March 3, 2020 the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access held a hearing to determine the impacts of the online sales tax requirements set as a result of the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair.
  • Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act

    February 12, 2020

    Due to the continued challenges with the implosion of the plastic recycling market caused by many countries, led by China, refusing to accept many waste streams, action by the US Congress has been initiated. Inside, you'll find a brief review of the key provisions of this pending legislation from Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.).
  • New York Governor Signs Children’s Health Legislation

    February 12, 2020

    This bill requires manufacturers to disclose the use of chemicals in children's products and requires the Department of Environmental Conservation to make this information available to consumers. Read more here!
  • SGIA Urges EPA to Only Add Necessary PFAS Chemicals to New Reporting Requirements

    February 11, 2020

    The comments submitted by the US Chamber of Commerce, that were cosigned by SGIA, urged EPA to only add any more PFAS chemicals on an individual basis and not add them as a category. The comments also requested EPA to review the 160 PFAS chemicals added as a result of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to ensure they meet the criteria for chemicals to be reported, among other things. Click here to read more.
  • EPA/US Army Corps of Engineers Revises Definition of Waters of the United States

    February 11, 2020

    EPA/Corps issued their final rule revising the definition of the “Waters of the United States,” (WOTUS). The January 2020 rule establishes which bodies of water that are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The regulation of WOTUS has long been the subject of debate, controversy, litigation, and inconsistent application.
  • EPA Eases Requirements for Aerosol Cans

    February 4, 2020

    In December 2019, EPA issued a new rule that reduces the regulatory requirements for waste aerosol cans. The new rule is aimed at improving recycling and reducing the cost and burden of aerosol can management by imposing less stringent regulatory requirements on the cans.
  • President Trump Signs USMCA

    January 31, 2020

    On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, President Trump signed into law the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA is an updated version of the of the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The USMCA won’t be finalized until Canada ratifies it. Read more for a dive brief.