Hurd in Capitol Halls – An update of issues affecting carpet: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
In an effort to keep all of its members up to date on the latest developments in state and federal legislation as they pertain to the carpet industry, here are excerpts from the first edition of “Hurd in Capitol Halls”, written and edited by Carpet and Rug Institute Chief Operating Officer and Government Relations head Frank Hurd. According to Mr. Hurd and CRI Government Relations Director
Jennifer Mendez, “Hurd” will be produced quarterly and
more frequently during legislative sessions.
The inaugural issue focuses on the pressing issue of extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation in the states. EPR is the number one issue facing the carpet industry at the state level, whether it is framework bills (broad, all-encompassing proposals that could apply to multiple products and industries) or carpet-specific legislation. (See related blog articles EPR Update from Carpet and Rug Institute, Carpet and Extended Producer Responsibility.)
From Hurd in Capitol Halls, Volume 1
“Legislative sessions for 2011 have been quite active regarding EPR in the following states:
Other Concerns: In addition to bills introduced, we expect to see the possibility of framework legislation in
Minnesota and .
introduced framework legislation during the 2010 session but it wasn’t signed
by then Governor Pawlenty. Minnesota also
considered the idea but nothing materialized.
Some states have approached CRI about carpet-specific legislation ( Wisconsin Illinois and ). CRI continues to stress that our efforts in Texas are an
experiment and any further legislation at this time is premature.” California
Thank you Frank and Jennifer,