The Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, vetoed a bill (HB1240) last week that would have created an outlandish thing called the "Children's Product Safety Act." The bill would have had the disastrous purpose of better protecting kids against dangerous or defective products including toys with excessive amounts of lead paint. Can you believe why anyone would want to protect children against unsafe toys?
As outlined in the legislation, the Attorney General would compile a list of bad products and publish it for the public to see. Oh the shock and horror. Anyone who tried to resell or manufacture the dangerous products on this list would be in violation of the state's Consumer Protection Act. I almost can't continue. Who would favor such legislation? (Actually, the Mississippi legislature did and attempted to override the Governor's veto, but came up six votes short.)