Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 285

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 341

Senate, April 5, 2018

The Committee on Environment reported through SEN. KENNEDY of the 12th Dist. and SEN. MINER of the 30th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING CLOTHING FIBER POLLUTION.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) Not later than July 1, 2018, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, shall convene a working group of representatives of the apparel industry and the environmental community for the purpose of developing a consumer awareness and education program concerning the presence of synthetic microfibers in clothing. Such program shall include, but not be limited to, consumer oriented information that explains the process by which such microfibers are shed from clothing and are dispersed in the state's waterways, best practices for consumers to eliminate and reduce the disbursement of microfibers from clothing into the waterways of the state and information on efforts that members of the apparel industry, including, but not limited to, brand labels, are undertaking to reduce or eliminate microfibers in clothing. The working group shall include, but not be limited to, a representative of each of the following organizations: (1) The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, (2) the American Apparel and Footwear Association, (3) the American Apparel and Producer's Network, (4) Fashion Group International, (5) the National Retail Federation, (6) the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and (7) Fashion Business, Inc. Not later than January 1, 2019, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment on the efforts of such working group and any related recommendations for legislation concerning such consumer awareness and education program and the reduction of microfibers in our state's waterways.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

ENV

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill establishes a working group of representatives of the apparel industry and the environmental community for the purpose of developing a consumer awareness and education program that consists, in part, of a clothing labeling component designed to readily alert consumers of the presence of synthetic microfibers in an article of clothing prior to the purchase of such clothing.

The working group shall submit its findings and recommendations to the environment committee by January 1, 2019.

This bill has no fiscal impact as PA 17-236 prohibits transportation allowances for task force members.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 341

AN ACT CONCERNING CLOTHING FIBER POLLUTION.

SUMMARY

By July 1, 2018, this bill requires the energy and environmental commissioner, in consultation with the consumer protection commissioner, to convene a working group to develop a consumer awareness and education program about synthetic microfibers in clothing. He must report to the Environment Committee by January 1, 2019 on the group's efforts and any recommendations for legislation on the program and to reduce microfibers in the state's waterways.

Under the bill, the program must include:

The bill requires the working group to consist of representatives of the apparel industry and the environmental community.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES

The bill designates the following seven industry organizations as those who must be included in the working group:

COMMITTEE ACTION

Environment Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

25

Nay

5

(03/22/2018)

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