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Continuing ‘War On Toys,’ Feds File Lawsuit

Zen Magnets, a vendor of toy magnet sets, is continuing to fight Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations intended to prevent the sale and manufacture of toy magnet sets marketed to adults for entertainment purposes. In 2014, CPSC issued new regulations banning importing or manufacturing or magnets or toy magnet sets deemed to be excessively strong, responding to 100 reported hospital visits, , between 2009 and 2011, involving young children eating toy magnets, or about 5 cases per one...

California Tax Bills Asking for Trouble

Legislation permitting counties to increase the excise tax on cigarettes was approved by the California Senate Thursday, August 27. Another bill — introduced the day before — would hike the state excise tax by $2.00 per pack. The state legislature should prevent both bills from passing. If the local excise tax option is adopted, the law will almost assuredly lead to higher excise tax burdens in some if not most counties. (Counties would need to have to submit an increase to a public vote.) This...

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