Product safety; flame retardants, penalty. (HB951)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Product safety; flame retardants; regulations; fund; civil penalty. Prohibits the manufacture or sale in the Commonwealth, beginning July 1, 2019, of upholstered furniture intended for residential use or any product that is intended to come into close contact with a person younger than 12 years of age if such upholstered furniture or product contains any flame-retardant chemical listed in the bill. The bill requires the manufacturer of any prohibited product to notify sellers of the prohibition by March 31, 2019, and requires a manufacturer to recall by that date any products that it has sold in violation of the prohibition. Casual or isolated sales of previously owned products containing the listed chemicals are exempted from the prohibition. The bill subjects any manufacturer in the Commonwealth that manufactures a product in violation of the provisions of the bill to a civil penalty of $5,000 for a first offense or $10,000 for a second or subsequent offense, and it directs the funds collected to the Virginia Product Safety Fund, created by the bill. Finally, the bill directs the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services to adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of the bill and to impose the chemical prohibition on certain other consumer products. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101607D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB951)
01/25/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #1
01/29/2018Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (4-Y 3-N)
02/13/2018Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources