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Matheson Proposes Toy Safety Legislation

Matheson Proposes Toy Safety Legislation



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Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio One Utah lawmaker is hoping new legislation will make toys made overseas safer for children in the United States.

Second District Congressman Jim Matheson says, as a parent, he's concerned about all the toy recalls in the news. "I think most parents are saying, ‘Wait a minute. This isn't how it's supposed to work in this country. We're supposed to feel OK when we buy something, that it's safe,'" Matheson said.

He's drafted legislation that would form an independent testing system that would ensure the safety of toys made overseas. He says there would be some objections from other countries. "There are going to be some countries who aren't going to want the U.S. to be telling them what to do. My response to that is: It is the U.S. consumers that are buying these toys," he explained.

Matheson says the legislation will be part of a bigger bill that could move through the house in the next few weeks.

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