ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland may soon prohibit the sale of children's products that contain the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, which is used to harden plastics.
Delegate James Hubbard, D-Prince George's, hopes to ban the sale, manufacture or distribution of children's toys or childcare articles that contain the substance by Jan. 10, 2011. Lawmakers held a hearing on the measure Tuesday.
U.S. health agencies said last month that new research shows cause for concern over the chemical's potential effect on children, but that more study is needed.
Connecticut and Minnesota passed similar laws last year.