California SB 1212, requiring cell phone manufacturers to disclose specific absorption rate (radiation level) information, failed on the Senate floor last Thursday. The bill, proposed by Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), complemented requirements now under consideration by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for retailers to provide point of sale information on cell phones.
SFGate’s report on the Leno bill defeat said “the phone industry immediately labeled it a job killer.”
State and local governments from Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico and California have experienced strong resistance from industry lobbying efforts as they’ve tried to provide wireless technology consumer information and protection.
SFGate’s report concluded: “This is not an issue that is going away,” Leno said. He noted that San Francisco will probably have its own ordinance within a month, and predicted that like the ban on plastic shopping bags, other cities will follow in a patchwork.