SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 19, May 7, 2015

Senate Version of California Bill to Ease “Made in U.S.A.” Labeling Criteria to Be Considered on May 12, 2015

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The Senate version of a bill to amend the California law governing “Made in U.S.A.” labeling will be considered in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. An identical assembly version was approved by committee and is now on the floor of the assembly for a vote by all members.  

Under current law, the standard in California for designating products as “Made in U.S.A.” is different and more onerous than the standard established by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC allows manufacturers to display the “Made in U.S.A.” designation on products that are “all or virtually all” made in the United States. California has put in place a different standard requiring the product and all its subcomponents be entirely or substantially produced in the United States in order to be labeled as “Made in U.S.A.” This bill would resolve this discrepancy. 

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network website. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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