Legislative Update: The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011

The HSMG has been actively involved in advocacy for the handcrafted soap and cosmetics industry for the past several years.  We have made tremendous progress during the past year in introducing and familiarizing our industry to Capital Hill with the assistance of our DC advocates Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo. HSMG  leaders have met …

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HSMG Advocacy Position Statement

The HSMG has issued the following Advocacy Position Statement, approved by the Board of Directors on July 14, 2011. The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG) is a non-profit trade association for soapmakers, small businesses hand making soaps and the handmade soap making industry as a whole. Depending on the formulation and/or claims, handmade soaps can be …

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H.R 2359 The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 is Introduced

Today, Reps. Schakowsky, Markey and Baldwin introduced The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, H.R. 2359. Here is the press release issued by Rep. Schakowsky’s office:  PRESS RELEASE The full text of the bill should be available Monday or Tuesday online.  You can look for it here by searching the bill number, H.R. 2359. We have …

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Legislative Update – The Safe Cosmetics Act

On June 10th, I flew to Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressional staff from Representative Schakowsky, Markey and Baldwin’s offices.  I was invited to meet with them as a follow up to ongoing meetings that have been conducted over the past year and to hear the changes that they are proposing to make as a …

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An Update on The Safe Cosmetics Act in the 112th Congress

(L to R) Deborah May, HSMG President Leigh O’Donnell, Congressman Brad Sherman (CA), Feleciai Favroth, Marie Gale In our continuing efforts to work with Members of Congress to advance the interests of the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild (HSMG), we would like to update you on the recent progress on the still evolving Safe Cosmetics Act …

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Legislative Update: Meetings Continue with Members of Congress

Continuing our efforts to reach out to Members of the 112th Congress, I traveled to Washington, DC during the week of March 7th with several of my colleagues.  Over two days, we met with 16 Congressional Offices and 2 Senate Offices representing states across the country. Accompanied by Marie Gale (HSMG Past-President), Feleciai Favroth (HSMG …

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Members of Congress Hear From The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild

During the week of February 8th, I visited our nation’s capital for scheduled meetings with  several Republican and Democratic lawmakers representing Districts from New York to California.  I was joined by HSMG member and supporter, Debbie May of Wholesale Supplies Plus. Led by our Washington, D.C. advocates Mary Anne Walsh and Rick Limardo, over the course …

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WASHINGTON UPDATE: What to Expect in the 112th Congress?

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HSMG DC ADVOCATES MARY ANNE WALSH & RICK LIMARDO: As Capitol Hill prepares to close the chapter on the 111th Congress and convene a new session this month, we want to take a moment to evaluate and provide an overview of the changes that The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and its …

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Legislative Update: Major Changes Coming in the U.S. House of Representatives

Now almost two weeks after the November 2, 2010 election, some of the dust is starting to settle and we are beginning to see how the Congressional landscape is going to change. With Republicans winning more than 60 seats in the House of Representatives, the Democratic led House will move to the minority in January …

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Announcing the 2011 Conference Keynote Speaker – Barbara Corcoran

As if you needed ONE MORE REASON to attend the 2011 Conference in Miami, Florida on May 18-20 at the Hilton Miami Downtown… We are proud to announce that the KEYNOTE SPEAKER will be Barbara Corcoran!! Barbara is the founder of The Corcoran Group and is most recognized as the weekly real estate contributor on NBC’s TODAY …

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