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Giant Duck Sits In Albany For Toy Safety


Supporters of legislation to restrict the use of potentially toxic chemicals in toys have enlisted the help of a giant inflatable duck. 

Advocates set up the enormous duck across the street from the state Capitol Wednesday to highlight the measure, which would require toymakers to gradually eliminate the use of chemicals deemed harmful, such as benzene, mercury and cobalt.

Many toy makers oppose the measure, noting that they already must abide by federal regulations and that state-based rules would create a confusing patchwork of requirements.

The bill has passed the Assembly but so far has not been scheduled for a vote in the Senate.

Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn their 2015 session next week.

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