A Message From HSMG

We’ve been pretty darn busy around Alabu the past few months, but I wanted to stop and pass along a message from the HSMG.

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year, would impose very burdensome and unwarranted requirements on the handcrafted soap and cosmetics industry. Fortunately, the current legislation is held up in Committee and no action is expected before the 110th Congress adjourns in December . In January 2011, the 111th Congress will be sworn in and the legislation will have to be reintroduced . Between now and then, we will build a foundation made up of key congressional supporters for the HSMG position .

In shaping policy, there will be many challenges; however, we are confident we will prevail as your business and industry is too important to not have a voice on legislation that adversely affects the livelihoods of thousands of families.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild .

Mary Ann Walsh & Rick Limardo

Roetzel & Andress

Make your voice heard – Vote!

The 2010 mid-term election will be held on Tuesday, November 2. There are many reasons to get out and vote for your candidates of choice, not the least of which is the fact that all of the co-sponsors of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 are up for re-election. They are:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) (author of the bill)

Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2] Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1] Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3] Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23] Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32]

Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14] Rep. Diana DeGette [D, CO-1] Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51] Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4] Rep. Luis GutiƩrrez [D, IL-4] Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23] Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22]

Rep. Patrick Kennedy [D, RI-1] Rep. Barbara Lee [D, CA-9] Rep. Nita Lowey [D, NY-18] Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7] Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8] Rep. Debbie Wasserman [D, FL-20] Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6]

You can also view it right here (page 3): http://www.soapguild.org/docs/currentjournal/journal.pdf

H.M.

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