In a tie vote, 15-15, the State Senate voted down SB 1032 - the bill to prohibit the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles, toddler sippy cups, and containers for baby food.
Why did opponents vote against the bill?
Apparently, because they're concerned with something that's not in the bill at all. From the Oregonian's Scott Learn:
They also worried that the ban would be a first step toward banning BPA from the lining of canned products, which they said would hurt Oregon food processors because there aren't adequate alternatives.
"Nobody wants to vote against nursing moms and mothers," said Sen. Jason Atkinson, R - Central Point, who said he believes BPA is "bad." But supporters of a ban "want to go into Oregon's food processing industries," Atkinson said.
Ponder that for a moment. Atkinson is saying that his opposition to THIS bill is because he's opposed to what MIGHT be in the NEXT bill.
How bizarre is that? That's what's wrong with the political process today.
You've got folks voting on the politics of the advocates, denying them a "win" - rather than voting on the merits of the bill presented. Jason, voting yes on this bill doesn't mean you're obligated to vote yes on every bill in the future.
Sigh. I had hoped we were better than that.
Voting against the bill were all twelve Republicans, plus Senators Joanne Verger (D-Coos Bay), Martha Schrader (D-Canby), and Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose).