Connecticut legislative panel approves proposed ban on thermal, cash register receipt paper containing BPA; ban would take effect Oct 1 if passed by full legislature

HARTFORD, Connecticut , April 21, 2011 () – A Connecticut legislative panel has voted to advance a bill that would ban thermal receipt or cash register receipt paper that contains a chemical some scientists consider to be dangerous.

An early tally on Wednesday showed the General Assembly's General Law Committee approving the proposed ban of Bisphenol (BISS'-phen-ol) A in receipts. If ultimately enacted by the full legislature, the ban would take effect on Oct. 1, 2013.

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut is lobbying for the ban. Advocates said they worry about the chemical rubbing off and somehow being ingested or absorbed through the skin.

Lawmakers stripped a provision in the bill requiring the Chemical Innovations Institute to annually provide lawmakers with a list of chemicals considered to be highly toxic and safe alternatives.

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