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Oregon senators pass bill tracking toxic chemicals in toys

SALEM — Oregon senators have passed legislation requiring a state agency to maintain a list of chemicals that are potentially harmful in children's toys and products.

The legislation would also require some large manufacturers to phase out those chemicals from children's products.

Supporters said Wednesday the measure would limit children's exposure to dangerous chemicals that are linked to illnesses and birth defects. The chemicals include arsenic and mercury.

But opponents argued the bill was overreaching and oversight should happen at the federal level.

The measure is similar to a bill senators shelved two years ago after it passed the House. The bill would have set up a database to track the use of 19 chemicals shown to be harmful to children and phased them out after five years.