Hawaiian Sunscreen Ban On Brink Of Passage; Lawmakers Hashing Out Final Details
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Conferees from the state’s House and Senate will meet in an effort to resolve differences in legislation to ban the sale of oxybenzone- and octinoxate-containing sunscreens due to environmental concerns. A consensus version of the bill must be available for final reads by April 26.
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