Legislation, What’s your job?
Thanks to those of you who commented on the last blog post. It’s good that you’re reading and contributing valuable feedback!
Today’s post is somewhat editorial, so please bear with me, and feel free to comment.
What goes on legislatively is important to our industry, and we can afford to be neither ignorant nor silent. It is important for us to conduct our businesses to be compliant with our laws and to have high standards; but, it’s also important that we use our power as citizens to communicate with our congressmen and women to make them aware of our presence and the effects that the pending legislation could have on their constituents. It’s our right and responsibility.
If you have researched the legislation (HR 5786) and wish to register your opinion regarding this issue or any other, here is a site to help you find your representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml. This next link will help you locate your senator: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/search/zip/14534.
Most who are following this situation believe that cosmetic legislation will be passed. It may not be passed this year, but will almost certainly be passed in the future. If you’re either a user of handmade soap and cosmetics or a manufacturer, you need to explain to your government officials how you will be affected by what is being proposed. Many of them hardly know we’re out there, much less a group to consider, so it’s our job to inform them. We’re much more likely to have a favorable outcome than if we remain silent. The legislation is being written with large corporations in mind, so we need to fight in order not to be overlooked in the process.
Along with political actions, educate yourself on proper labeling and good manufacturing processes so that you won’t be the person this legislation is proposed to correct. Stand with and support those groups who are representing your interests by hiring lobbyists and traveling to Washington to meet with your representatives. If we can influence a favorable outcome now, it will secure our rights for many years to come.
If you have spoken to your senator or representative, I hope you’ll share with us your experience.
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