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2018 In Review: California, Hawaii Pass Personal-Care Legislation Among 300+ State Bills Overall

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On par with 2017, the Personal Care Products Council was tracking more than 300 state bills last year with potential implications for its members, including measures ultimately enacted by California and Hawaii to deter cosmetic animal testing and ban environmentally questionable sunscreens.

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