Senator Pryor Jumps the Gun on Phthalates

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Senators aren’t rocket scientists. In fact, most of them aren’t scientists at all. There are a few doctors in the Senate. The House of Representatives has a microbiologist, but most of the members of Congress are about as educated on science as you or I. That, however, doesn’t stop them from pretending to be scientists. Take the ban on certain phthalates in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the federal legislation I’ve written about in previous posts. What’s a phthalate? … [Read more...]

Sen. Pryor Stops Kids from Eating All-Terrain Vehicles

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Can all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) be dangerous to children? Of course. When I was 12, my cousin and I were riding on my grandfather’s 4-wheel ATV. Our behavior was about as mature as that of a typical 12-year-old, which is to say that we were driving the ATV backwards at a high rate of speed. My cousin turned the ATV sharply, causing it to flip over and roll on top of us. Let’s just say that I have some idea of how unsafe an ATV can be. Our foolish actions on the ATV that day (and many other … [Read more...]

Mark Pryor: Saving Kids from Old Books

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When you think of unsafe children’s products, you probably don’t think of books. Outside of our one-year-old smacking me in the head with one of his board books, I have a difficult time imagining a less threatening product than a children’s book. Why, then, did Senator Mark Pryor’s child safety legislation label children’s books as such a threat? To be fair to Senator Pryor, I don’t think that children’s books were the target when he shepherded the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act … [Read more...]

Senator Pryor Helps Out Big Toy

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Big businesses – or at least big toy makers – don’t have a better friend in the Senate than Mark Pryor. That may seem strange. After all, didn’t the federal law he sponsored, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), place strict new regulations on toy makers? Indeed it did. But big toymakers had no problem complying with the Byzantine rules spawned by CPSIA. It’s the small toy companies, especially makers of handmade toys, who were and are hurt by this legislation. At his … [Read more...]

Senator Pryor Kills A Kidd’s Dream

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On February 10, 2009, new federal regulations governing lead exposure in children’s products were scheduled to go into effect. One day before that, A Kidd’s Dream -- a consignment store in Conway -- closed its doors because it couldn’t meet those regulations. Senator Mark Pryor was the lead Senate sponsor of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). His law killed the small business dreams of Brenda Kidd and Gayla Wade, the owners of A Kidd’s Dream, and hurt many other business … [Read more...]

CPSIA in 2008: Senator Pryor Capitalizes on a Media Frenzy

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“Won't somebody please think of the children?!” This line from The Simpsons could have been the catchphrase of Senator Mark Pryor’s 2008 Senate career. That was the year of a media frenzy over unsafe children’s products, something that resulted in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The American people are now saddled with a law that has caused significant hardship for business owners around the nation. As Chairman of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Senator Pryor … [Read more...]

Does Senator Pryor Care More About My Children Than I Do?

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Senator Mark Pryor probably thinks I’m a bad parent. I just spent ten days exposing my children to products that he considers unsafe. In fact, he championed a law making it virtually illegal to sell the very things I let my kids play with. How could I be so irresponsible? Don’t I care about my children’s safety? Of course I want to protect my kids from harm. I would never intentionally expose them to a dangerous product. But it appears that Senator Pryor and I have quite different views on … [Read more...]

Top 5 Stories On TAP: July

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We had a lot of interesting stories from our great writers this past month. We thought you might be interested in looking back at our 5 most popular posts and catch up on any you may have missed. #5 New Developments Reveal That U of A’s “Intellectual Property Rights” To Clinton Recordings Are Wholly Imaginary:  In a saga that continues to play out in the public eye, the University of Arkansas libraries have embarrassed themselves hand over fist on this one. Their attempted censorship of The … [Read more...]