Businessweek: Exemption aims to exclude youth ATVs from lead law

An exemption clause pushed by two Montana lawmakers to exclude youth all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles is a step away from being added to an anti-lead law aimed at toys and other products for children 12 and under.

The Independent Record ( reported Thursday that a bill to amend the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed 421-2 in the U.S. House of Representatives and by unanimous consent in the Senate.

That means businesses that sell or make youth all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles won’t be required to put the products through expensive testing that some manufacturers say would put them out of business.

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, both of Montana, introduced the legislation in their respective chambers.

The bill passed Aug. 1 needs President Barack Obama’s signature before becoming law.

“Often the bipartisan stuff gets overlooked amid the drama of other issues, and that should never diminish the importance of bills like the dirt-bike bill,” Tester said.

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