Legislation

4/11/2017 – THIS IS CURRENT:

🚨ASAP🚨 The “Oxybenzone Bill” is heading for Conference. Please contact Senators & Reps. Sample email to help you get inspired:

UPDATE Aloha all. The Conference Committee for Hawaii’s “Oxybenzone Bill” has been chosen. FINAL moment to contact the legislators about this (let’s not let this be turned into another “study bill”! Below is a sample email + the email addresses to send it to. Easy peasy. Please go to our facebook post as well to like & share with concerned friends!

Dear Conference Committee members: An outright ban of sale and restriction of use in Hawai’i of toxic chemical sunscreens particularly oxybenzone is overdue. We hope this will be considered. At minimum please pass the proposed SB1150 SD2 HD3 CD1 Draft to protect Hawaii’s reefs and marine life from the dangers of chemical sunscreen pollution, particularly oxybenzone:

1) Follows the Senate-passed SD2 in banning any person from using non-prescription sunscreen, sunblock, and cosmetic containing oxybenzone on beaches and in the ocean in Hawaii.

2) Requires counties to prohibit their concesssionaires and permittees from selling sunscreens containing oxybenzone after 12/31/17.

3) Requires licensees operating at beaches, in MLCDs and nature preserves to tell customers that use of sunscreens containing oxybenzone is prohibited.

4) Authorizes DLNR to propose rules as needed to protect corals in other locations.

Mahalo! 🐋🐟🏄🏖🐠🌎🌊

Email to: senrhoads@capitol.hawaii.gov, karl@karlrhoads.org, replee@Capitol.hawaii.gov, reping@Capitol.hawaii.gov, reptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repdecoite@capitol.hawaii.gov, reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov, senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov, sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov

NOTE: Whether you live in Hawaii or just love Hawaii, please send in your thoughts to the legislators. If you live in the district for Chair Senator Rhoads, Chair Rep Lee, Rep Ing,  Rep Takumi, Rep DeCoite, Rep Tupola, Senator Gabbard, Senator Thielen, please make sure to include the area you live so they know that you reside in their districts.

4/11/2017 – THIS IS CURRENT

🚨ASAP🚨 Hawaii Bills Affecting Coral Reefs Heading for Conference.

Coral reefs around the world may die in our lifetime because they are being severely stressed by many factors, including: climate changes; toxic chemical sunscreens; polluted runoff and sewage; unsustainable taking of reef fish for the aquarium trade. In Hawai’i we must act NOW on multiple fronts to save the precious and productive coral reef ecosystems.  Coral reefs are “the rainforests of the sea,” nurseries for 25% of marine life and critical for Hawaii’s recreational economy!
Please write to Hawaii legislators at reps@capitol.hawaii.gov & sens@capitol.hawaii.gov  – ask them to pass the following six bills to help save the reefs:
SB1150 SD2 HD1 proposed CD1 draft limiting use of toxic oxybenzone sunscreens;
HB1578 and SB559 – to fund and strengthen Hawaii Climate Change initiatives;
SB1240 – to define “sustainable” reef fishing and limit licenses that allow
taking of reef fish for the aquarium trade; HB1244 and HB605 – to help Hawaii homeowners upgrade some of our cesspools, which pollute drinking water, the ocean and our reefs with 55 million gallons of raw sewage every day!  Your children and future generations will thank you if you pass these bills or wonder why you didn’t. Mahalo!

—PRIOR ACTION EFFORTS HAWAII—

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ACTION NEEDED!

 Final Committee Hearing for SB1150 SD2 HD2 scheduled for CPC on Thursday 3-30-17 2PM House conference room 329. THIS IS THE ONLY VIABLE HAWAII OXYBENZONE BILL REMAINING! Testimonies must be in by THIS WEDNESDAY 2PM! 🐟

1) Create account at capitol.hawaii.gov
2) Log In
3) Search for measure: SB1150. (http://bit.ly/2mNWRra)
4) Click “Submit Testimony” Button
5) As backup / if you have problems / or like send in more than one attachment, email direct to: CPCtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov Make certain to include: “To: Rep Roy Takumi, Chair, CPC. Testimony in SUPPORT SB1150, SD2, HD2; Hearing Date 3-30-17; Conference Room 329; 2PM”

Sample Testimony to build off of, personalize, and make your own:

Please help protect our precious coral reefs by passing this bill [and consider opening it up for a larger state-wide ban]. Hawaii’s recreational economy and valuable shoreline depend on the survival of coral reefs.  Scientific studies show that reefs are now stressed by many factors, oxybenzone is one of the stressors we can eliminate today. A very small amount of oxybenzone can kill corals and prevent restoration. There are ample alternative reef-safe sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and do protect your skin from UV rays. Reefs will die if we don’t act to save them! Mahalo!

 IF CAN COME to the Capitol building Honolulu to give ORAL testimony, click the box stating you will be testifying in person.

🌊 BRING YOUR TOXIC CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS to trade in for chemical free alternatives! Natural reef friendly brands, we invite you all to be there to participate in an exchange + get your voices heard! They can’t say there are no options when they see MANY in front of their eyes!!! (Note: Come early, parking sucks, park elsewhere & walk; bring quarters).

🔆 Cosmetic & chem industry lobbyists see all the attention this is getting & word is have doubled down. Let’s not take our eyes off the ball. MANY in our House & Senate DO SUPPORT a ban / restrictions of oxybenzone & toxic chemical sunscreens in Hawaii!

Environmental groups & all who care, we invite you to share this with your mailing list. Make sure to follow us on Facebook for updates. We hope to Facebook Live the hearing. Mahalo

CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE PDF TO DOWNLOAD & SHARE! REQUEST A HEARING FOR SB1150, SD2, HD1 

Contact Consumer Protection Commerce (CPC) Chair Roy Takumi

Please hear & support SB1150, SD2, HD1 re: Oxybenzone & Coral Reefs”

808-586-6170 • fax 808-586-6170 • reptakumi@Capitol.hawaii.gov

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OXYBENZONE ACTION SHEET – TESTIMONY TO OMH COMMITTEE. Click here to access the new action sheet. Hurry testimonies due 3/20 10AM. Hearing at Capitol Building 3/21 10am.  If you have any problems submitting via the capitol website or are late submitting, you can also email testimony* direct to the OMH Committee: OMHtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov  Mahalo!

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*SAMPLE TESTIMONY (note this includes a slight correction. And please embellish with your personal thoughts, studies, etc): I urge OMH to pass SB1150 SD2 / HD1 to restrict oxybenzone sunscreen use in Marine Life Conservation Districts and sales of oxybenzone sunscreens at concessions serving Hanauma Bay and other MLCDs. There are enough studies showing the negative impact these toxic chemical sunscreens containing hormone-disruptors like oxybenzone are having on our reefs; we need to protect them now. Our reefs not only support life in Hawaii but equate to $360 million directly to the state’s economy (even more indirectly). There are better ways to protect from UV rays without putting our reefs and health at risk.

OXYBENZONE ACTION SHEET – TESTIMONY TO EEP COMMITTEE Click here to access hyperlink page for easy instructions and sample testimony (due 3/15; hearing 3/16):

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HAWAII REEF ACTION SHEET –  [CURRENT ACTION SHEET 3/10/17] Compilation of the still viable Hawai’i bills that relate with Hawai’i reef health. All need a hearing set. CLICK HERE to open our easy to follow PDF; check out the bills (all are linked) and email your support in seconds!

BAN TOXIC SUNSCREENS HOUSE COMMITTEE EMAILS [CURRENT ACTION Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 6.44.27 PM.pngSHEET 3/10/17] – SB1150 has moved to the House.  Please email House chairs & co-chairs of EEP and OMH committees to set a hearing for SB1150 SD2, banning oxybenzone at beach or in ocean. CLICK HERE to open our PDF ACTION SHEET – with a sample letter & link to emails. This is the only Oxybenzone Bill still viable during this legislative session and will only survive with public support (yes, it’s also the weakest of those introduced, but can be amended.)BAN TOXIC SUNSCREENS OXY EEP best

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 3.13.24 PM.pngBAN TOXIC SUNSCREENS SENATOR EMAILS – [Completed] Email all Senators at once about SB1150 SD2. It will be voted on 3/7! This is the only Oxybenzone Bill still viable during this legislative session.


HAWAI’I BILLS NEED YOUR SUPPORT
 – [Completed] What steps can I take? Screen Shot 2017-02-18 at 2.45.57 PM.pngBills have been introduced to protect Hawai’i Reefs; four are still viable and three specifically refer to oxybenzone. Oxybenzone has been proven in studies to increase coral bleaching events, damage DNA, and deform juvenile corals rendering them unable to form new colonies. These “oxybenzone bills” need public support to move forward.

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INTRODUCE LEGISLATION IN YOUR AREA (SAMPLES BELOW):

virgin-islands-legislative-banSAMPLE LETTER TO SENATORS / Representatives – Virgin Islands: “Support a Legislative Ban on Manufacture or Delivery of Products Containing Sunscreen Chemicals Oxybenzone and Octinoxate for Introduction into U.S. Virgin Island’s Commerce”

screen-shot-2016-09-10-at-10-38-52-amU.S. DRAFT LEGISLATION. POLLUTION FREE CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN WATERS ACT / To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. To prohibit the manufacture and introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of ultraviolent-light sunscreen-protection personal-care products containing intentionally-added or unintentionally-added chemicals of Oxybenzone and Octinoxate.


draft-legislation-bill-oxybenzone-hawaii-octinoxate-senator-esperoDRAFT LEGISLATION FOR HAWAII:
State of Hawaii Code, Pertaining to a Ban on Personal-Care Products and Sunscreen Protection Containing the Chemicals Oxybenzone and Octinoxate.