The lovely and talented Arizona Senator Katie Hobbs recently introduced SB1358, which was co-sponsored by a bevy of other lovely and talented members of the Democratic Senate caucus. And what sort of monstrous freedom-destroying socialism were these Senators up to? Well, the bill would ban the sale in Arizona of baby product containers containing BPA, also known as Bisphenol A, also known as a chemical compound that “exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers.” These hormone-like properties are believed to trigger deleterious effects on the development of infants’ brains, among other things.
The Arizona Legislature is home to people like current Speaker of the House Andy Tobin (R), who in 2009 called an anti-abortion bill “the ultimate health care bill for children.” So you’d think these would be people who would at least, you know, pretend to care about threats to the health of infants posed by a toxic substance present in their baby bottles and formula jars.
But you’d be wrong about that, you big silly. Hobbs reported on her Facebook page that her bill had been “triple-assigned, so it’s pretty much dead”. Now, I’m not the foremost expert on the inner workings of the Arizona Legislature but I’m hazarding a guess that “triple assigned” refers to putting a bill before 3 committees, thus trebling the likelihood that lobbyists will put the kibosh on it before it could make it to the floor and “pro-life” legislators would be put in the untenable position of explaining their vote against a bill that would protect infants from possibly brain damaging products. Indeed, SB1358 has been assigned to the Health and Human Services, the Commerce, Energy, and Military, and the Government and Environment committees.
My cursory internet research on BPA yields a frustrating mix of plastic industry PR and conservative sites denying harmful health effects and progressive-leaning sites claiming the health risks are real. But the FDA banned the use of BPA in bottles and sippy cups in 2012 and SB1358 would simply extend that to other baby products containing it. I conclude that maybe the concerns over BPA are overblown but maybe they’re not. What this bill does is err on the safe side for babies in Arizona. Not unreasonable at all. Unfortunately, it seems our “pro-life” legislators care far more for business profits and campaign contributions than the well-being of post-birth infants.
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Bio: I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, and an adventurous streak led me to join the Navy. I moved to Arizona in 1997 after serving 10 years in the Navy to work in semi-conductor manufacturing. I got involved in national and Arizona politics in 2003. I ran for 2006 State Senate in Ahwatukee and was a Delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. I now live in North Central Phoenix with my boyfriend, Mark, and our three dogs. I've been blogging for Democratic Diva since 2007 about local and national politics with a strong emphasis on women's issues.