2011 Legislative Agenda : Capitol Watchdogs Wanted
Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
This is a big mess. The CPSIA was a bill created to pacify the masses after a slew of toys manufactured in China were found to have dangerous levels of lead. Now, anything that a child 12 and under may touch must undergo expensive, advance testing. Apparently, no one bothered to come up with testing and certification tolerances, so a one-year stay was implemented for 2010. Presumably, the testing for the 300 parts-per-million (ppm) content will begin next month, as Lyons doesn't believe another stay is in the offering.
"The testing requirements are still up in the air as to how they will be interpreted, what companies would need to do and what the specific liability of printers would be," notes Lyons, who believes the law needs to be gutted and changed to a risk-based assessment configuration. Risk assessment data would demonstrate that given products do not historically, or cannot, have lead in them.
Some industries have been seeking "one-off" product exemptions, which wasn't met with any success. Lyons believes that with key incoming senators from manufacturing states joining the Congressional fold, it will provide an ideal educational opportunity for the printing industry to gain staunch allies as it seeks remedies for relief, primarily risk assessment.
(Note: At press time, PIA joined forces with the Association of American Publishers and Book Manufacturers Institute in filing an appeal with CPSC for another stay of six months or a year.)
The Golden Child of the Obama Administration is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Its evil step-brother is the Form 1099 requirement. At press time, businesses everywhere were lobbying hard for something to be done that would kill this paperwork demon.
Businesses have always been on the hook to send out 1099s for service payments of $600 or more during the year. Unless the new beast is slain in 2011, businesses will be required to send out 1099s for payments of $600 or more for property or gross proceeds.