California Senate committee rejects bill to loosen 'Made in USA'

The Senate Judiciary Committeehas rejected legislation that would have adopted a federal standard allowing manufacturers to label their products as "Made in USA" as long as it is "entirely or substantially" produced in the United States.

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The measure, Assembly Bill 858, was introduced by Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, at the request of several California firms and cleared the Assembly on a 68-0 vote.

The chief sponsor was the Southern California company that manufactures Maglite flashlights.

However, after reaching the Senate, the bill attracted heavyweight opposition from consumer groups and personal injury attorneys, who said that adopting a federal standard instead of California's strict law on using the "Made in USA" label would mislead consumers.

The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected the measure this week with its majority Democrats opposing it.

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