General Assembly


Committee Bill No. 5286

January Session, 2015


LCO No. 3247



Referred to Committee on ENVIRONMENT


Introduced by:





Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective January 1, 2016) (a) For the purposes of this section:

(1) "Microbead" means any plastic component of a personal cosmetic product measured to be five millimeters or less in size; and

(2) "Personal cosmetic product" means any (A) article intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, or (B) article intended for use as a component of any such article described in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision. "Personal cosmetic product" does not include any product for which a prescription is required for distribution or dispensation, as determined by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection.

(b) No person shall import, sell or offer for sale any personal cosmetic product that contains intentionally-added microbeads except any personal cosmetic product that is also regulated as a drug by the United States Food and Drug Administration may be imported, sold or offered for sale until January 1, 2017.

(c) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Consumer Protection, may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 of the general statutes, to implement the provisions of this section.

(d) Any person who violates the provisions of this section or any regulation adopted pursuant to subsection (c) of this section shall be fined two thousand five hundred dollars for each day during which such violation continues, and for any second or subsequent violation, five thousand dollars for each day during which such violation continues.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

January 1, 2016

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To prohibit the import and sale of personal cosmetic products that contain microbeads.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]


REP. BACKER, 121st Dist.

H.B. 5286