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It’s been a little while since our last update, but I wanted to shoot you a note because a lot has been happening in a short amount of time. COHE was back in Washington, DC this week and the timing coincided with some major events in the cosmetic regulatory reform discussion on Capitol Hill.
First off, Representatives Frank Pallone and Leonard Lance, both of New Jersey, released what they are calling a regulatory reform bill “discussion draft” on Wednesday, September 14.  We are going to spend more time analyzing the draft, but on first read, we have some serious concerns.  While there are some common sense measures contained in the bill, we are concerned about many of the proposed measures and their potential to impact the handcrafted industry in a negative way.  We are especially concerned at the exemption levels for regulatory compliance and fees, but also the sweeping new demands and expenses that would be placed on small business owners to comply with the proposed new requirements. A "discussion draft" is not in bill form yet and there is much work to be done before it gets there. This is the time for information-gathering and education.
While we were meeting in the Senate, we were informed that the Senate will be holding its first hearing on this issue next week, Thursday, September 22.  The hearing is titled “Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety” and is scheduled to be held at 10:00 AM eastern time.  For those of you who are interested, you can watch the hearing online here:
While we were in DC we had a number of very productive meetings with member offices, both Democrat and Republican, in both the House and the Senate.  All are interested in hearing about our industry and committed to working with us to protect our craft and our livelihoods.
We’ll have more updates next week as events continue to unfold.
As always, thanks for your interest and thanks for your involvement in helping to ensure that the industry we love can continue to thrive.

Happy Soaping,

 Anne-Marie + the COHE team

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