ISSA Advocacy Recap—Senate Passes Sustainable Chemistry Legislation

August 7, 2020 ISSA Advocacy Recap—Senate Passes Sustainable Chemistry Legislation

Welcome to the ISSA Advocacy Recap, our regular roundup of the latest public policy issues impacting the cleaning industry. This week’s recap touches on sustainable chemistry legislation, the anticipated revisit to the phase-one trade deal with China, Georgia’s new trauma clean-up law, and more.

U.S. Senate Passes Sustainable Chemistry Legislation
Under a bill passed by the Senate, the federal government would work to promote sustainable chemistry technologies. According to Chemical & Engineering News, “Senators tucked the proposed Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act, which has bipartisan support, into a bill to set military spending for fiscal 2021, which starts October 1. The provision would direct federal agencies to coordinate their work around sustainable chemistry under the aegis of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.”

U.S., China Plan to Assess Phase-One Trade Deal Mid-Month
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are aiming to review the nations’ phase-one trade agreement on or around August 15, six months after the agreement went into effect, as stated in the accord’s text, according to Bloomberg. U.S. President Donald Trump no longer feels the same about the deal, a stance he attributes to his belief that China failed to prevent the coronavirus’ spread.

ISSA Applauds Georgia’s New Trauma Clean-up Law
ISSA thanks the members of the Georgia General Assembly for passing and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp for signing into law a trauma clean-up bill (HB 417). GBAC Director Patty Olinger was at the signing. This new law will regulate trauma scene clean-up services by requiring companies performing such services in Georgia to be registered with the Secretary of State and carry proper insurance, as well as employ technicians that are background checked and fingerprinted.

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