116th Congress Could Test Cosmetic Industry’s Commitment To Reg Reform, Preemption Viability
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
With Democrats in control of the House and New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone in line for chair of the Energy & Commerce Committee, cosmetics regulatory reform legislation could receive even more attention in the 116th Congress than in the current session. The new climate could test how serious big business is about embracing large-scale changes as well as lawmakers’ openness to federal preemption.
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