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Efforts to significantly reform Proposition 65, the state of California’s law requiring warnings for toxic chemicals in workplaces, will have to wait until next year.
Negotiations stalled last week between Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and different interest groups after stakeholders failed to find common ground on a number of proposed reforms to the 1986 voter-approved initiative.
The business community had sought reforms to prevent costly legal settlements over what they say are minor violations to the law, such as failing to notify customers about exposure to secondhand smoke in parking lots or the presence of naturally occurring chemicals in food and beverages at restaurants. The average Proposition 65 settlement cost $65,000 in 2011, according to the North American Home Furnishings Association — an increase over recent years.
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