Senate approves sweeping product-safety legislation

10/31/2007 | NYTimes.com

A U.S. Senate committee unanimously adopted legislation Tuesday that would increase the budget and staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, increase penalties for safety violations, give state prosecutors authority to enforce federal consumer-safety rules and allow for the prosecution of executives when companies willfully violate safety laws, among other measures. "It is very clear to me, as well as millions of moms and dads around the country, that the C.P.S.C. is failing to keep dangerous toys and products out of the marketplace," said Mark Pryor, D-Ark. He said the legislation "infuses the agency with the resources and authority it needs to keep dangerous toys and products out of our homes." The bill faces opposition from a coalition of business trade groups.

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