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Introduced Version Senate Resolution 17 History

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Senate Resolution No. 17

(By Senators Minard and Oliverio)


Requesting the Congress of the United States reexamine a federal law which has seriously affected the sales of off-road motorcycles and other recreational vehicles designed for children.

Whereas, In an effort to protect the health and safety of children from the excessive amounts of lead found in toys made in China, the Congress of the United States enacted a law which banned the sale of products from foreign counties aimed at children if they contained more than 600 parts per million of lead; and
Whereas, Lead is found in steel and other metal alloys on the frame, motor and multiple parts of off-road motorcycles and recreational vehicles built for young riders; and
Whereas, While most motorcycles and recreational vehicles are made overseas, there are tens of thousands of jobs attached to the industry in the United States; and
Whereas, More than 13,000 power sports dealers sell products in the United States, employing an estimated 124,000 people; and
Whereas, Industry estimates the retail market value for all off-road motorcycles and other recreational vehicles in the United States to be approximately $14 billion a year, including sales, service, parts, accessories and payroll; and
Whereas, An industry trade publication estimates that the value of inventory at United States dealers that can no longer be sold probably exceeds $100 million and that the industry has millions of dollars worth of parts now in production that cannot be sold; and
Whereas, While every effort should be taken to protect the health and safety of our young children, we should also consider the effect such legislation will also have on an industry that is unrelated to toys; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby requests the Congress of the United States to reexamine a federal law which has seriously affected the sales of off-road motorcycles and other recreational vehicles designed for children; and, be it
Further Resolved, In this time of financial crisis, every effort should be made to preserve every facet of our business community in order to help preserve jobs and stabilize our economy; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to West Virginia's congressional delegation.
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