Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you been?
"I've been to London to look at the queen."
Okay... so it wasn't London, and it wasn't the queen. But for me and my small soap company at Boston Statehouse yesterday, it might as well have been.
There was a hearing for a cosmetics bill or two, where in well meaning wisdom a suggestion had been put forward that it would be great for Massachusetts to turn the label of a pot of creme with three simple ingredients into a ticker tape roll measuring four foot seven inches long:
If you want to know what it was all about and who was there with me here's some links for you. These folks are far more eloquent than I could ever be on the subject.
I'm still trying to make head and tail of the individual state laws, and can't believe what is planned for New York!!!???!!!
Having to learn the federal regulations is a hard enough task for small business owners like me, but learn and respect them we must. I really don't know how I'm expected to do business with all the other states if they each decide they want their own regulations. Do I follow FDA rules and regs... or do I follow state regs? Which law will trump which? It's going to be very confusing for me and every other small business like mine. I think it's also going to be very confusing for the customers who want to buy from us.
What do you think? How would something like this affect you? Maybe it's affecting you already. I welcome your comments.