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Maine Cell Phone Bill Coming To Oregon

Senator Chip Shields will be acting in defense of all Oregonians by authoring and introducing a bill similar to the one introduced recently in Maine that will require cell phones and packaging to carry precautionary information as thousands of tests confirm the carcinogenic and other devastating health effects from these devices that were never pre market tested for safety by the FCC or the FDA although they were given a pass by the FCC and marketed anyway. 4 trillion dollars a year is too much to stand up to but we need to do what we can. Call State Senator Shields and thank him for this brave effort on our behalf.
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HP1207, LD 1706, item 1, 124th Maine State Legislature
An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act
HP1207, LR 2212, item 1, Second Regular Session - 124th Maine Legislature, page 1
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An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA c. 261-B is enacted to read:
CHAPTER 261-B
CHILDREN'S WIRELESS PROTECTION ACT
1537. Warning labels for cellular telephones
1. Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following
terms have the following meanings.
A. "Cellular telephone" means a device used to access a wireless telephone service.
2. Warning label required. A manufacturer of cellular telephones may not sell at retail in this
State, to a retailer in this State, or for use in this State a cellular telephone unless the cellular telephone
and its packaging bear a warning label that is legible, nonremovable, is located in a prominent place that
is conspicuous and not obscured by other written matter, contrasts with the type, layout and color of the
other printed matter, includes a color graphic symbol, appears on both the front and back of the packaging,
takes up at least 30% of the back surface of the cellular telephone and contains the following statement:
"WARNING, THIS DEVICE EMITS ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION, EXPOSURE TO WHICH
MAY CAUSE BRAIN CANCER. USERS, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN,
SHOULD KEEP THIS DEVICE AWAY FROM THE HEAD AND BODY."
The requirements of this subsection may not result in a cost to the retailer or distributor of cellular
telephones.
3. Violation. A violation of this section is a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.
4. Rulemaking. The department shall adopt rules to implement this section, including, but not
limited to, rules establishing requirements for uniform warning labels for cellular telephones and cellular
telephone packaging under this section. Rules adopted under this subsection are routine technical rules
as defined by Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
Sec. 2. Rulemaking; requirements. In adopting initial rules establishing requirements for
uniform warning labels pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 1537, the Department
of Health and Human Services shall adopt rules requiring that warning labels:
HP1207, LD 1706, item 1, 124th Maine State Legislature
An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act
HP1207, LR 2212, item 1, Second Regular Session - 124th Maine Legislature, page 2
1. Be a permanent nonremovable advisory of risk, in black type, except for the word "warning,"
which must be large and in red, capital letters, all on a field of white, with a narrow red border; and
2. Include a color graphic of "Brain of 5-year-old" depicted by O.P. Gandhi et al., in IEEE
Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, "Electromagnetic Absorption in the Human Head
and Neck for Mobiletelephones at 835 and 1900 MHz," 1996 44(10): 1884-1897, which must be
positioned beside the words of warning using small red arrows labeled "cell phone" and "radiation area,"
pointing to those respective areas of the graphic and containing beneath the graphic the label, "Brain of
5-year-old," with attribution in tiny print as appropriate, the entire graphic taking up 30% of the label.
SUMMARY
This bill provides that a manufacturer may not sell at retail in this State, or to a retailer in this
State or for use in this State a cellular telephone unless, at no cost to the Maine retailer or Maine
distributor, the cellular telephone and its packaging bear a warning label relating to the potential for brain
cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation of the form emitted from cellular telephones, with the
recommendation that users, especially children and pregnant women, keep the device away from the head
and body. A violation of this provision is a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

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