With the myriad problems and confusion the proposed bill HR Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 could create for manufacturers and consumers I figured it would be a great opportunity to share my background being an AP history and US government teacher and CFO of The Grapeseed Company. I went back to my high school government lesson on how a bill becomes a law. So, I watched the “I am a Bill” video on You Tube and I found a handy flow chart on LexisNexis Congressional.

There are links to both included in this post. For those of you how don’t have time for a cartoon or who have flow chart phobia, the important things to remember are….

1. It is actually quite rare for bills to make it through committee hearings and rarer still for them to make it through both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

2. Bills almost never go into law in their original form. In other words, laws are edited so much in committee and conference (where the House and Senate version are reconciled) that the final law is something almost completely different than the original bill.

3. Members of House and Senate committees along with their staff are usually attorneys and experts in the specialization of their committees. In addition they do not want to send a terrible bill to the floor as it would hurt their personal reputation. So, they generally edit out the unreasonable parts of bills.

It is unlikely that the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 will make it into law in its current form. Furthermore, if it does make it all the way through the long process to becoming a law it is also unlikely the worst parts of it will be intact. Especially if enough people take action, sign the petition, vote in Open Congress and contact their representative specifically referring to the worst parts of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010.


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