As many know JPMA has been engaged in a fight in Ohio since September of 2016 over a crib bumper pad ban tucked within a piece of legislation (See Attached - Ohio Senate Bill 332) that deals with larger infant mortality issues.
Ohio Senate Bill 332, was quickly amended to include the crib bumper pad ban in the state Senate in late September 2016. In October that legislation was sent over to the House of Representatives, where the Association actively engaged to advocate against banning crib bumper pads. JPMA met with staff in the House Speaker's office and various state legislators in the waning months of the 2016 lame duck session with the goal - to amend or defeat this provision of the legislation. Some members of the industry also advocated relative to their companies’ perspectives in this debate. This has been an emotional debate over the entire bill, also driven by local politics, company specific issues and the fact that the bipartisan cosponsors were retiring in 2016.
Despite hours of testimony and strenuous JPMA advocacy, on December 7th, the Ohio General Assembly approved the bill and a ban on non-mesh crib bumper pads that will take effect 90-days from when the bill became law (April 6, 2017). The law also now contains a provision inserted in the House of Representatives that provides a three-year allowance for the sale of mesh crib bumper pads, which could be extended permanently if the Consumer Product Safety Commission approves a rule regulating mesh bumper pads.
JPMA will continue to be engaged in Ohio as this law shifts to regulatory oversight and implementation and may consider future legislative action and federal remedies to the increasing pressure on this issue at the state and local level.